Naomi Osaka

by ethnic on September 7, 2018

Naomi Osaka – 2017 WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party – Arrivals – Kensington Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street – London, UK – Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

Birth Name: Naomi Osaka 大坂 なおみ

Place of Birth: Chūō-ku, Osaka, Japan

Date of Birth: 16 October, 1997

*African-Haitian (father)
*Japanese (mother)

Naomi Osaka is a Japanese professional tennis player.

She is the daughter of Tamaki Osaka and Leonard “San” François. Her father is Haitian and her mother is Japanese. Her parents decided that their daughter go with Tamaki’s maiden name as it was more practical for living in Japan. However, Naomi and her family relocated to the U.S., when she was three years old, and she grew up in Florida.

Naomi has limited Japanese language ability. In Japanese interviews, the interviewer often asks questions in simple Japanese, to which Naomi only gives brief answers in the casual form of the language.


Dan Smyers

by madman on August 13, 2018

Birth Name: Daniel Christopher Smyers

Place of Birth: Wexford, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 16, 1987

Ethnicity: Japanese (paternal grandmother), Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, English, German

Dan Smyers is an American singer and songwriter. He is one half of the country duo Dan + Shay, along with Shay Mooney.

Dan is the son of Patty (Callenda) and Dave Smyers. He is married to Abby Law.

Dan’s paternal grandfather was Edward Calvin Smyers (the son of Edward Calvin Smyers and Ethel Marie Bennett). Dan’s great-grandfather Edward had Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, English, and German ancestry, and was the son of Bertrand Hunter Smyers, an attorney, known as the co-founder of the University of Pittsburgh’s football program, and of Flora Bell Hays. Ethel was the daughter of Thomas Joseph Bennett and Mary Catherine Cannon, who were born in Pennsylvania, both of them to Irish parents.

Dan’s paternal grandmother was named Michiko “Angle” Ohashi. Michiko was Japanese.

Sources: Genealogy of Dan Smyers – https://www.genealogy.com

Genealogy of Dan’s paternal grandfather, Edward Calvin Smyers – https://www.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Dan’s paternal great-grandfather, Edward Calvin Smyers – https://www.findagrave.com

Dan’s paternal great-grandmother, Ethel Marie Bennett, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Dan’s paternal great-grandmother, Ethel Marie (Bennett) Smyers – http://www.legacy.com

Obituary of Dan’s paternal grandmother, Michiko “Angle” (Ohashi) Smyers – https://www.newspapers.com

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Miyoshi Umeki

by madman on July 9, 2018

Birth Name: Umeki Miyoshi (梅木 美代志)

Date of Birth: May 8, 1929

Place of Birth: Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan

Date of Death: August 28, 2007

Place of Death: Licking, Missouri, U.S.

Ethnicity: Japanese

Miyoshi Umeki, also known as Nancy Umeki, was a Japanese-American actress and singer. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Sayonara (1957).

Miyoshi was born in Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan. She began singing and acting in Japan, before moving to the U.S. in 1955.

Miyoshi was married to Randall Hood, until his death. The two ran a film editing business. She had a son with her former husband, television director Frederick Winfield “Wynn” Opie, who was adopted by Randall.

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Melissa Reese

by Manila on July 3, 2018

Place of Birth: Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 1, 1985

Ethnicity: Chinese, English, Spanish, Japanese, Filipino, Irish, Scottish, Danish

Melissa Reese is an American musician and model. She is the keyboardist, synthesizer, sub-bassist, and background vocalist of the hard rock band Guns N’ Roses. Other members of the band include or have included Steven Adler, Duff McKagan, Axl Rose, Slash, Matt Sorum, and Izzy Stradlin.

Source: http://www.melissareesemusic.com


Danny Fujikawa

by madman on June 5, 2018

Birth Name: Daniel Conor Fujikawa

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 10, 1986

*Japanese (father)
*Irish, English, Scottish, 1/16th Danish, smaller amounts of German and Dutch, remote French (mother)

Danny Fujikawa is an American musician and voice actor. He is the son of Melissa Colleen (Linehan) and Ronald K. Fujikawa.

Danny’s father was a second generation Japanese-American; all of his own grandparents were Japanese immigrants. His mother, who is from California, is white. Danny’s maternal grandfather was born in California, to an American father and an Australian mother, and was of Irish, and possibly a quarter or less English, descent. His maternal grandmother was born in Utah, to a Mormon family, and had English, Scottish, 1/8th Danish, small amounts of German and Dutch, and remote French, ancestry.

Danny’s paternal grandfather was Yoshihiko Fred Fujikawa (the son of Hikozo Fujikawa and Yu Nomura). Yoshihiko was born in California, to Japanese parents. Hikozo was the son of Daichi Fujikawa and Toyo Teshima. Yu was the daughter of Toyojiro Nomura and Miyo Ito.

Danny’s paternal grandmother was Alice Mae Aoki (the daughter of Giichi Aoki and Masa Kuroda). Alice was born in California, to Japanese parents.

Danny’s maternal grandfather was Anthony Paul Linehan (the son of William John Linehan and Mary Margaret Fox). Anthony was born in California. William was born in Nevada, to Irish parents, from Northern Ireland. Mary Margaret was born in Australia, to an English-born father and an Irish-born mother.

Danny’s maternal grandmother was Evelyn Bott (the daughter of Sheldon W. Bott and Golda Morton). Sheldon’s father, John Henry Bott, was born in Utah, the son of John Henry Bott, who was English, and of Maria Hadave Jensen, who was born in Utah, to Danish parents. Sheldon’s mother, Chloe Pearl Winegar, was also born in Utah, the daughter of John Alvin Winegar, who was born in Missouri, of English, and some German, descent, and of Grace Jane Mellen, who was English.

Danny’s great-grandmother Golda was born in Oregon. Golda’s father, Lorentz/Lawrence Henry Wright Morton, was the son of Scottish parents, John Morton and Elizabeth Wright. Golda’s mother, Susie Orilla Woolf, was born in Utah, to Absalom Woolf, who was born in New York, and had Dutch, German, English, and some French, ancestry, and to Lucy Ann Hambleton, who was born in Indiana, of English, and small amounts of Scottish and German, descent.

Sources: Marriage record of Danny’s paternal grandparents, Yoshihiko Fred Fujikawa and Alice Mae Aoki – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Danny’s paternal great-grandparents, Hikozo Fujikawa and Yu Nomura – https://www.familysearch.org

Family of Danny’s paternal grandfather, Yoshihiko Fred Fujikawa, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Danny’s paternal grandmother, Alice Mae Aoki, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Alice Mae Aoki on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Danny’s maternal grandfather, Anthony Paul Linehan, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Danny’s great-grandfather’s family on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Danny’s great-great-grandfather, John Henry Bott – https://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogies of Danny’s great-grandmother, Golda Morton – https://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Danny’s great-grandmother, Golda Morton, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

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