Irina Khakamada

by wanderer on March 21, 2017

Birth Name: Irina Mutsuovna Khakamada

Place of Birth: Moscow, USSR

Date of Birth: April 13, 1955

*Japanese (father)
*Russian, Armenian, Lezgin (mother)

Irina Khakamada is a Russian politician.

Her father, Mutsuo Hakamada, was Japanese. He was a communist who defected to the Soviet Union in 1939. Her paternal uncle is Satomi Hakamada, a longtime member of the Japanese Communist Party leadership.

Her mother, Nina Sinelnikova, is of Russian and Armenian heritage. She is partly of Lezgic heritage, which is an ethnic group native predominantly to southern Dagestan.

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Karyn Kusama

by stlucas on March 21, 2017

Birth Name: Karyn Kiyoko Kusama

Place of Birth: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 21, 1968

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

Karyn Kusama is an American independent filmmaker. She was born in Saint Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Susan (McGuire) and Haruo Kusama. Karyn has a sister, Kristen, and had a brother, Kevin.

Karyn’s father is Japanese. Karyn’s mother is American, and has Irish and English ancestry.

Karyn’s maternal grandparents were Charlotte Hursh (the daughter of Harry Cole “Happy” Hursh and Ruth Faith) and William Alfred McGuire.

Sources: https://www.buzzfeed.com

Obituary of Karyn’s maternal grandmother, Charlotte (Hursh) McGuire – https://www.newspapers.com

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Sonoya Mizuno

by stlucas on March 9, 2017

Place of Birth: Tokyo, Japan

Date of Birth: July 1, 1988

*50% Japanese
*25% English
*25% Argentinian

Sonoya Mizuno is a Japanese-born British actress, model, and ballerina.

She was born in Tokyo, Japan. Her father is Hajime Mizuno. Her mother holds the surname “Duke”. Her brother, Tomoya, is also a model. They were raised in Somerset, England.

Hajime is from Kyoto, Japan. Sonoya’s mother is half-English, half-Argentinian. They met in Tokyo, Japan, in the 1970s.

Sonoya’s uncle (mother’s brother) was actor Edward Duke.

Sonoya’s parents are pictured here.

Sources: http://www.interviewmagazine.com

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Anna Akana

by stlucas on March 7, 2017

Birth Name: Anna Kay Napualani Akana

Place of Birth: Monterey, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 18, 1989

*Japanese, Native Hawaiian, possibly English, Irish, German, French, Chinese (father)
*Filipino, possibly Spanish (mother)

Anna Akana is an American producer, filmmaker, comedian, actress, model, and Youtube personality.

She was born in California, the daughter of William Takeshi Akana and Mia (Talao). She had a sister, Kristina Marie, and has a brother, William.

William is a Marine Corps officer and was born in Japan. Mia is from Olongapo, the Philippines.

Anna has stated on Twitter that she is of mainly Japanese, Native Hawaiian, and Filipino descent, along with Irish, German, French, Spanish, and Chinese ancestry.

Her paternal grandparents were Gerald “Gerry” Kealohaohana Akana and Emiko Murata (the daughter of Eiko Murata and Tsukumo).

Gerald was originally born in Honolulu, Hawaii. His surnames are of Native Hawaiian and Japanese origins. Emiko was born in the Republic of Formosa (now Taiwan), under Japanese rule.

Her parents are pictured here.

Sources: Obituary of Anna’s sister, Kristina Marie Akana – http://www.legacy.com

Obituary of Anna’s aunt (father’s sister), Susan Eiko Akana – http://www.legacy.com

Obituary of Anna’s paternal grandfather, Gerald Kealohaohana Akana – http://www.legacy.com

Obituary of Anna’s paternal grandmother, Emiko (Murata) Miskovic – http://www.legacy.com


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Elle McLemore

by stlucas on March 3, 2017

Birth Name: Elle Nicole McLemore

Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 16, 1991

Ethnicity: 1/4 Japanese, Irish, possibly other

Elle McLemore is an American actress. She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the daughter of Todd Patrick Vandervoort and Gail Lynn. She has a sister, Brittany. They were raised in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Regarding her ethnic background, Elle has stated on Twitter that she is Irish and (a quarter) Japanese.

The surname “Vandervoort” is of Dutch origin.

She is pictured with her parents here.

Sources: https://twitter.com

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