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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

24 June 2014 ~ 5 Comments

Putting a Black Eye in the Gang

Putting a Black Eye in the Gang

…So said the greatest Hypeman in HipHop history: Flavor Flav! What did he mean? Who the fuck knows exactly? Probably only him. He used the line in the beginning of a response song to an attack radio personality Mister Magic had made on Public Enemy during a radio show back in the eighties…but how “putting a black eye [...]

23 June 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Loco in Yokohama: The Lost Chapters #1

Loco in Yokohama: The Lost Chapters #1

Some chapters didn’t make it into the book: Loco in Yokohama for space purposes, but were just as worthy of making the book as those that were included. Periodically I’ll be releasing some of these. Here’s one here. It’s called “Mother Sounds”It proved to be a bit redundant for the book, but I love it! If you do as [...]

05 June 2014 ~ 3 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 [...]

03 June 2014 ~ 13 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 [...]

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 [...]

27 May 2014 ~ 1 Comment

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 [...]

26 May 2014 ~ 4 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 [...]