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24 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Segregated Powwows

Segregated Powwows

 “This wasn’t our first powwow. This was almost a weekly thing. And, somehow it had always worked out that the powwows were segregated. I don’t think anyone planned it that way, and we certainly never verbalized it. It just happened like that, consistently, so that it became like an unsung rule. So, when Frick appeared, [...]

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22 July 2014 ~ 5 Comments

Digging Iida’s Downright Divine Digs

Digging Iida’s Downright Divine Digs

On vacation from the day job til the end of August, and since I’ve just moved to an area of Yokohama I don’t know especially well, namely Tsunashima-nishi, I’ve been doing a bit of exploring. There isn’t much to see that can’t be seen in any town along the Toyoko corridor from Tokyo to Yokohama…but there [...]

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21 July 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Stuff Japanese University Students Say About Racism

Stuff Japanese University Students Say About Racism

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was invited to guest lecture at Waseda University in Tokyo earlier this month. The students came to the class prepared to ask questions based on having read excerpts from my first book, “Hi! My Name is Loco and I am a Racist” Additionally they were given the [...]

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21 July 2014 ~ 1 Comment

I Think We Need To Talk!

I Think We Need To Talk!

This was the start of the series that eventually became my second book: Loco in Yokohama Enjoy! ***** What can I say? It aint all Manzai and Kawaii kids… Yesterday a woman from the Board of Education came to observe me teach. She’s a nice woman, been at her job for a long time. Not Japanese, I [...]

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16 July 2014 ~ 4 Comments

How To Unpack That S_ _tload of “Koto”

How To Unpack That S_ _tload of “Koto”

Well, my second installment is up on the Japan Times website now and will be in the paper tomorrow morning. (please pick up a copy at your local kiosk / newsstand, if you’re in this part of Asia!) It’s called: Unpacking Koto: Retain, Discard and Repeat as Necessary It’s all about that excess baggage we [...]

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14 July 2014 ~ 2 Comments

The Beauty of Japanese School Gardens

The Beauty of Japanese School Gardens

I attended Jackie Robinson Intermediate School in Brooklyn, a school literally built on what is considered by most older Brooklynites as hallowed ground: the space that formerly held Ebbet’s Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Yes, that would be the same Brooklyn Dodgers who decided against popular opinion to integrate baseball and the very same place [...]

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12 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Loco on the Lecture Circuit

Loco on the Lecture Circuit

The video didn’t come out so great, sound-wise. But i’m gonna put something together for you guys soon. Note to Self: need to invest in a better microphone. In the meantime, I’ve put together a few screenshots from my lecture at Waseda University last week. Introducing myself… The professor explaining to the students about my Japan Times column… [...]

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10 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Peer-Policing in Japanese Schools

Peer-Policing in Japanese Schools

Saw something interesting at work today. I had instructed my first-year students, in groups, to secretly choose a person or character and make four hints about him or her. Points would be given, high to low, based on how few clues another group needs to guess who it was they were hinting at. Once they’d [...]

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04 July 2014 ~ 5 Comments

On Lecturing to the Japanese Ivy-League

On Lecturing to the Japanese Ivy-League

Tomorrow, July 5th, I’ll be lecturing to students at Waseda University, one of Japan’s “Ivy-League” schools. Students of  Waseda’s venerable Political Science Department have been assigned to read my book: “Hi! My Name is Loco and I am a Racist“ and have prepared questions for me. They’ve also been given my recent column from The Japan Times on [...]

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26 June 2014 ~ 4 Comments

The Naked African-American at Narita Airport

The Naked <del>African-</del>American at Narita Airport

Well, the first article of my column is officially out there in the world. And I couldn’t be prouder… It even made the front cover! “The Naked African-American at Narita Airport” was the title I wanted to run it with but my editor suggested the Strike-through in “African” might not work out, particularly in the [...]

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