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The Mixed-Race Fantasy Behind Kawaii Aesthetics

Toward my “Japanese Barbie,” I felt mostly indifferent.


Licca-chan is half-Japanese and half-white.


Sailor Moon

linked to Japan’s defeat and disarmament

“born in the suburbs of London.”

She represented Japan’s dreams of postwar reconstruction

mukokusekiwhat the scholar Koichi Iwabuchi calls “cultural odor”

haafuThe Rose of Versailles

“a bit too much” for Japanese consumers

zannen haafu