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05 June 2014 ~ 5 Comments

I Thought White People in Japan had it Pretty Easy! Pt. 2: The House Negroes of Japan

I Thought White People in Japan had it Pretty Easy! Pt. 2: The House Negroes of Japan

Ken Tanaka’s video (Please check out Pt. 1 of this post HERE) suggested that white people have it pretty easy in Japan…at least those who are not imbeciles and cry racism at every misunderstanding do. I agree and disagree. (Hate when that happens) Part of me feels as my girl Orchis64 states in her response to […]

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03 June 2014 ~ 14 Comments

I Thought White People in Japan had it Pretty Easy! Pt.1

I Thought White People in Japan had it Pretty Easy! Pt.1

Ken Tanaka, the video producer whose praises were sung loudly here a couple of weeks ago (when I took time out to share my thoughts on a video he produced called: “But We’re Speaking Japanese” ) has hit the airwaves again with the following video sensationally entitled: “Is Japan Racist?” Have a look see:   Some viewers will undoubtedly […]

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29 May 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Paradigm Shift or Merely Anomalous?

Paradigm Shift or Merely Anomalous?

So, I’m leaving the school for the day and Michael, the Nepalese newbie, is out front, surrounded by a group of his Japanese classmates. It  looks pretty confrontational so I move in to investigate. As I get closer I realize that no one is saying anything. Everyone seems poised to speak, eager to communicate, but […]

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27 May 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Somewhere Between India and China

Somewhere Between India and China

As soon as I walked in the office, before I could even reach my desk, one of my colleagues (let’s call her Natsumi) rushes at me in a panic. “Loco-Sensei! Loco Sensei!!” In three years working together I’d never seen her so upset, so it kinda freaked me out. “What is it???” “Eeeeeeto ne,” she […]

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26 May 2014 ~ 7 Comments

Preconceptions are Poisonous Pt. 2

Preconceptions are Poisonous Pt. 2

(Here’s Part 1) I’ve watched Ken Tanaka’s video now about half a dozen times. I heard it called a spoof, but that reduces it to a bit of clowning around at Japanese expense, doesn’t it? Perhaps the use in several instances of hyperbole lent itself to that interpretation. But, IMO, this video is anything but clowning […]

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22 May 2014 ~ 9 Comments

Preconceptions are Poisonous Pt: 1

Preconceptions are Poisonous Pt: 1

I shared a video on LIY yesterday produced by a gentleman who goes  by the name of Ken Tanaka. (Peep his Youtube Channel here) The video is in the process of going viral, hopefully, and I believe it to be worthy of a bit of commentary. Perhaps it is receiving its just desserts on its YouTube […]

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10 April 2014 ~ 3 Comments

Outside the Gaijin Bubble Pt. 2: Spiritually and Otherwise

Outside the Gaijin Bubble Pt. 2: Spiritually and Otherwise

Check Out Part 1 HERE The thing about living in this gaijin bubble here in Japan is it doesn’t appear to exist in the real world. It feels virtual. And initially this virtual reality feeling lends itself to all kinds of mayhem and confusion. Spiritually and otherwise. There’s the onset of a fundamental breakdown of some […]

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09 April 2014 ~ 7 Comments

Outside the Gaijin Bubble Pt. 1: Somewhere Between Immigration and Customs

Outside the Gaijin Bubble Pt. 1: Somewhere Between Immigration and Customs
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Somewhere Between Immigration and Customs So, our last night in Brooklyn, amid a discussion that covered such crucial topics as my returning to Brooklyn, her moving abroad, living together vs marriage, and even children, my woman turns to me and says, “I like you better in New York!” “Me too,” I replied, rather quickly. Then […]

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