This article provides an excellent insight into the lives of many people Uchinanchu people. I have lived this life also from the time I was twenty years old. I'm sure many relationships in Okinawa start out with couples being drawn in by the attraction of having a foriegn boyfriend or girlfriend. Someone exotic and not the norm for the person's particular culture.
Relationships often times lead to love but many times in intercultural relationships the attraction can be one sided. I believe for American servicemen many enter into relationships believing that if it doesn't work out thay can simply get divorced. Something that in American culture seems to be a normal progression in many relationships.
What people do not realize is that Intercultural marriage takes a lot of cooperation for success. People by nature do not simply give up their cultural heritage and adopt that of another completely different society. I speak from experience (28 years) it takes a lot of give and take to make things work. Tolerence and compassion for the feelings of your spouse are high on the list if you want things to work.
My wife and I have three kids that were brought up in this milticultural relationship and I know that sometimes things were rough for them. Personal identity however is not determined by ones racial composition but rather by the character of the person.
Described as "Ha-fu" in not necessarily a bad thing although in Japan there is a stigma to not being associated as 100% Japanese. I believe that half Japanese and half American children are some of the best looking people I know and should be proud that they possess the best traits of two great cultures. Here is a video I found on You Tube about it. Let's hear what you think!