The word originally derived by analogy with wigger ( = "white" + "nigger").
Generally used as a term of disparagement by the sort of white Americans who - touchingly - never seem even to consider why it is that half their own youth population seem so desperate to be japanese, black, chicano, euro, virtual. Anything, indeed, rather than white American.
Natives of the world's other 200-odd countries find the social phenomenon somewhat less confusing.
2. Wannabe Japanese--most likely an American whose life is based on anime, manga, and ridiculing people who go to Abercrombie and "waste" their money on 100 dollar flip-flops, when they spend all their money on Japanese Kimonos that aren't even fucking real! They vigorously study the Japanese language, and often says stuff like "baka", "kisama", etc and some even say stuff like "oro", which is a completely retarded term that Rurouni Kenshin, some gay-ass Samurai uses on the kids show "Rurouni Kenshin".
They seriously base their entire life on trying to be Japanese, while they've never even been to Japan. Japanese Americans think they are a bunch od idiots and posers and hate their guts, because those Wapanese are being RACIST!!! Being Japanese isn't about watching anime (that was created by the Japanese to entertain kids--I was raised in Japan and stuff like "InuYasha", "Rurouni Kenshin", "One Piece"--they were ALL POPULAR WHEN I WAS SEVEN-YEARS-OLD) when you're like, 17, saying weird Japanese phrases with American accents, try...
Generally, people think 'Wapanese' are young males under the age of twenty. People tend to think that these individuals live with their parents until their thirties... which I believe is a disgusting generalization.
The 'Wapanese' (which is a contraction for White Japanese or Wanna Be Japanese) simply feel that Japanese culture is intriguing. Many do not, as the populace stereotype, discard their heritage arbitrarily. Is a person of British decent who wants to learn Japanese, knowing that it will take years or decades, Wapanese if they eat traditional British food and use conversational English in their daily lives? Would one label them 'Wapanese' if they also enjoy watching animé and listening to J-Pop for the simple reason they consider it appealing?
The term 'Wapanese' is a slur used by insecure people to describe other people in cultural limbo. It is an example of the blatant stupidity people carry in their heads. 'Wapanese' is simply a cultural preference, if you may. It is an example of the narrow-mindedness many people posses.
this is NOT a derogatory term, despite popular belief
said person can be perfectly nice, hot, and cool
2) derogatory form of the word
means a caucasion who is obsessed with Japanese stuff
2) Man, JJ is such a Wapanese. All he does it watch anime and look at manga!