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28 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

One-on-One: The Interview with Baye McNeil​ via Metropolis Magazine​

One-on-One: The Interview with Baye McNeil​ via Metropolis Magazine​

One on One: The Interview with Baye McNeil​ via Metropolis Magazine​     Here’s a link to catch the full (30 minute) version: http://metropolisjapan.com/podcast-one-on-one-baye-mcneil/ Here’s a a lnk to the edited (20 minute) version: http://metropolisjapan.com/podcast-metropolis-on-air-3/

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21 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Baye McNeil氏によるワークショップを実施しました

Baye McNeil氏によるワークショップを実施しました

グローバル教育センターでは、7月15日(水)に市ケ谷キャンパスGラウンジにて、「異なる背景を持つ人々との 共生」をテーマとしたワークショップを開催しました。 ゲストスピーカーとして、ニューヨーク・ブルックリン出身で、現在、日本を拠点にコラムニスト・作家として活躍しておられるBaye McNeil氏をお迎えし、ご本人の実体験に基づく講演とグループワークを実施しました。 「グローバル化が急速に進む中、異なる背景を持つ人々との共生をどのように実現するのか?」日本人が持つ海外への先入観や外国人の日本に対する思い込みについて、グループごとに率直なディスカッションを行い、「アメリカ人ならハンバーガーが好きに違いない」、「日本人はいつも着物を着ている」など様々な意見が出る中、そのようなイメージはどのように生まれるのか、また、先入観や思い込み無しに異なる背景を持つ人々とどうコミュニケーションを取るのかについて活発な意見交換を行いました。 参加した学生たちは熱心に講演に聞き入り、グループワークでも積極的にそれぞれの意見を出し合い英語で発表するなど、終始笑いと学びの絶えないワークショップとなりました。今後、グローバル人材として異なる背景を持つ人々と共生するために、必要な考え方や態度を学ぶきっかけとなったことでしょう。 https://www.facebook.com/hosei.university.global

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19 July 2015 ~ 3 Comments

Black Women on Japanese Beaus, Biracial Kids and Winning in Japan!

Black Women on Japanese Beaus, Biracial Kids and Winning in Japan!

My latest article for Black Eye is out! So many of my friends back home have asked what’s it like for the Sisters over here…well I’ve started a series to answer just that! Here’s PART ONE of my in depth look into sisters finding love, building homes, families and communities and living productive lives in Japan! Please check […]

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16 July 2015 ~ 3 Comments

Why is Reducing your Presumptions a Good Thing?

Why is Reducing your Presumptions a Good Thing?

Yesterday I did a workshop at Hosei University in Tokyo on this very subject, and it went very well. The students were engaged, thoughtful and articulate. I want to think the aministration at Hosei University, particularly, Mr. Okita, Mrs. Taji and Mr. Yanagawa to help organize this workshop and help it run smoothly. You guys […]

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08 July 2015 ~ 66 Comments

An Open Letter to Japanese People from Black Men (日本人の皆んなさんへの黒人からの手紙)

An Open Letter to Japanese People from Black Men  (日本人の皆んなさんへの黒人からの手紙)

The following is a guest post from a fellow black man living in Japan who goes by the name of Miles Star. I like what he has to say. I thought, since it’s in Japanese as well, I’d get my Japanese friends to take a peek and share their thoughts on it. I also thought […]

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28 June 2015 ~ 3 Comments

How I Got to Spend My Birthday with Miss Universe Japan!

How I Got to Spend My Birthday with Miss Universe Japan!

The plan was to spend Saturday 6/27 (my birthday) lecturing at Waseda University (a Japanese Ivy League school). The students were assigned stories I’d written in my books and for the Japan Times about Haafu (half-Japanese) folk in Japan. I was wondering how could I make the subject more compelling when an idea struck me! As much […]

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22 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

The Japanese Woman who Influenced Black Eye’s Conception and Inspires its Survival!

The Japanese Woman who Influenced Black Eye’s Conception and Inspires its Survival!

It’s been a year since Black Eye hit the streets. In that time, we’ve profiled provocative and accomplished people, tackled complex issues including identity crisis in Japan and the brain drain in Jamaica. We’ve put a major Japanese TV network on blast, and even covered the coronation and ramifications of a new “Blasian” beauty queen. […]

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27 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Basking in the Afterglow of Normalcy

Basking in the Afterglow of Normalcy

The other day when I wrote about the old woman who made my morning by being friendly and fear-free (and how that reminded me of the coolest senior on this island, Mrs. Betty), I neglected to mention something noteworthy that occurred following that meeting. As I walked away from the woman and continued on my […]

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26 May 2015 ~ Comments Off on How to Avoid Stepping in Pigeonhole Droppings

How to Avoid Stepping in Pigeonhole Droppings

How to Avoid Stepping in Pigeonhole Droppings
http://youtu.be/rI58sRRW-wE

…or sitting in it, as it were.     …or rather avoiding confirming Stereotypes. When planning lessons for my kids these days, I automatically make every effort to avoid or dispel stereotypes and / or illustrate the universality of certain ideas and behaviors that often get asserted here as gaijin staples…not to mention those that […]

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23 May 2015 ~ 2 Comments

What are the Keys to Success for Black / Japanese Couples?

What are the Keys to Success for Black / Japanese Couples?

Looking for (at least) four couples who are ok with being featured in a future piece I’m working on for Japan Times about building successful relationships in Japan. Looking for  Black Women married to Japanese Men and Black Men married to Japanese Women, with or without children, newlyweds or veterans, but preferably should be currently […]

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