Mike Shinoda

by ethnic on March 24, 2008

Mike Shinoda

Birth Name: Michael Kenji Shinoda

Place of Birth: Agoura Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 11, 1977

*Japanese (father)
*German, English (mother)

Mike Shinoda is an American musician, record producer, and artist. He is famous for being a member of the rock/hiphop group, Linkin Park. Other members of Linkin Park are Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Dave Farrell, Joe Hahn, and, until his death, Chester Bennington.

Mike’s father is a third generation Japanese-American who was interned during World War II because of his Japanese heritage. Mike’s mother is of German and English descent (it has been incorrectly reported that she is of Russian and/or Hungarian ancestry). Mike is married to author Anna Shinoda, with whom he has two children.

Mike released a song with his group Fort Minor called “Kenji” about his grandfather, who was interned during the war because of his Japanese heritage. Mike does not speak Japanese fluently, but he has read speeches in Japanese in front of Japanese crowds. One such speech can be seen here.

Mike’s paternal grandfather is Kuzo Shinoda (the son of Mitsutaro Shinoda and Kiku Hara). Kuzo was born in Japan.

Mike’s paternal grandmother is Sayo S. Shinoda (the daughter of Kurakichi Shinoda and Man Shinoda). Sayo was born in Japan.

Mike’s maternal grandfather was Troy Edgar Lovejoy (the son of Ulysses Grant Lovejoy and Julia Ann Honaker). Troy was born in West Virginia. Ulysses was the son of William Preston Lovejoy and Martha Hager. Julia was the daughter of James David Honaker and Susan Hartsella Linkous.

Mike’s maternal grandmother was Lydia Marie Linville (the daughter of Claude Linville and Emmer Blaine Cooper).

Sources: Mike’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Death record of Mike’s paternal grandfather, Kuzo Shinoda – https://familysearch.org

Death record of Mike’s paternal grandmother, Sayo Shinoda – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Mike’s mother – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Obituary of Mike’s maternal grandfather, Troy Edgar Lovejoy – http://www.findagrave.com

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

neiltennant January 1, 2016 at 5:38 am

he would perfectly fit in northern afghanistan

there are so many people of the ethnic group of the HAZARAS

mixed mongols with native afghan and possibly russian

Ardor February 9, 2017 at 2:22 am

Yeah, he can pass as Central Asian. He may be more lighter skinned than they are on average, but he can pass.

Capricious May 7, 2015 at 9:03 pm

He looks like a Turk to me (as some tend to have Asiatic features).

He’s cute btw.

neiltennant July 16, 2015 at 2:20 pm

yes he indeed looks turkish

i do live in germany and we do have lots of turkish people. most of them look this way

and he is cute

Manila March 2, 2015 at 8:39 pm

I would like to add on his paternal side. I have found the birth record of his father, Mutsuo “Muto” Shinoda: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VGKT-79Z

This is his paternal grandparents’ census: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K96J-X62

His paternal grandparents are Kuzo Shinoda (the son of ? Shinoda and K. Yoneda) and Sayo Shinoda (the daughter of ? Shinoda and ? Shinoda)

Kuzo Shinda’s death record: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VP4Z-WQW
Sayo Shinoda’s death record: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VPF1-X8X

follers March 2, 2015 at 9:37 pm

Thank you.

noneofyourbusiness January 31, 2015 at 8:08 am

He looks like a typical Mestizo Mexican.

daitoushoutou July 27, 2013 at 1:09 am

According to Mike Shinoda himself, he is half Japanese and half largely European with a little Native American.

Several years ago, on his MySpace page, Shinoda stated emphatically, “i’m not half russian.”


phantom November 5, 2010 at 2:48 am

You people r fucking tards so stupid it literally made me sick this is the reason some countries throughout history opted for euthanasia

Hapa Kamoa/Pukik/Haolii November 5, 2010 at 6:51 pm

and ur reason u think this way is?

hapa kamoa/pukiki/haolii September 20, 2010 at 1:45 pm

i didn’t kno he had asian in him…cool

grinch September 20, 2010 at 3:49 am

netglimse.com is not a reliable source anyone can edit that page.
Actually his father is Japanese and his mother Russian-American.

sikkk August 23, 2009 at 6:44 pm

His mother is of russian descent and maybe hungarian descent.

ethnic August 24, 2009 at 2:44 am

thanks for that. Other sites do confirm that information.

Dr, Epic August 16, 2009 at 3:35 pm

whats the Caucasian?

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