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Black Life in Japan
Posted 12/4/07

Turnerzero wrote:
I guess I just didn't understand why people were saying,
"What's the point of this thread?"

I find that some people say that when they are offended by something, but are too conflict-avoidant to just come out and say what exactly they are offended by.

Unfortunately by doing this they are setting themselves up for the worst possible interpretation. So I'd recommend to those people that they just state exactly what it is that they're offended by, or stay quiet.
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Posted 12/4/07
You're right.

I suppose it's not that they're trying to offend or display their ignorance, just that if something doesn't spark their interest enough they post the first thing that comes to their mind. It's our mistake in taking every post as a sincere thought.
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Posted 12/4/07
Turnerzero-

I also wonder what race will be more accepting of one another.

Whether it is the Japanese, or the foreigner.

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Posted 12/4/07
I'd have to give it to the foreigner. Being one in a million you sort of are obligated to respect everyone else a little. It's different in America where every race can find a clique of their own race to hang out with if they feel it's necessary. Where as in Japan, I'm assuming if you're not Japanese, you're gonna be pretty lonely.
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Posted 12/4/07

SasukexxSenpai wrote:

I'm black and I've been wondering about this because I wanna live in Japan one day.

Thanks for posting.


yup, same here! just asking but do ppl really think "balck" ppl would have that much of a problem living in Japan than a "white",spanish, or any other race? I mean if the US is a place that is mixed of every culture u can imagine, why would it be different if an american went somewhere else to live, C'mom pply it's just in reversed!!!!
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Posted 12/4/07
thats nice for you dan
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Posted 12/4/07

princessRyoko wrote:


SasukexxSenpai wrote:

I'm black and I've been wondering about this because I wanna live in Japan one day.

Thanks for posting.


yup, same here! just asking but do ppl really think "balck" ppl would have that much of a problem living in Japan than a "white",spanish, or any other race? I mean if the US is a place that is mixed of every culture u can imagine, why would it be different if an american went somewhere else to live, C'mom pply it's just in reversed!!!!


ummm unfortunately most black people grow up to be tall so you'd have a little trouble fitting in(unless you're gary coleman) and japanese people are pretty racist but other than that i guess its fine

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Posted 12/4/07
Is it just me or was... that a little stereotyping?

EDIT: On second thought, I see what you mean. Japanese people aren't trying to be hurtful, just not used to having to be sensitive to racial differences.
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Posted 12/4/07
indeed... could turn out like in the fast and the furious tokyo drift then it'd be perfect i guess
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Posted 12/4/07
Haha, I guess we can safely assume that movie is the perfect example.
Posted 12/4/07

phillia wrote:
since when did being black mean urban.

The description of "urban" was from the show's official description that I quoted. I don't know why they used the term "urban" since that term is more inclusive than and orthogonal to "black." If the show is supposed to be about "urban" American culture they should have named it "Urban American Life in Japan" or something.
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Posted 12/4/07 , edited 4/14/08
i got all excited when i saw this topic, because i thought someone had uploaded blij to crunchyroll. now i'm sad, i've been wanting to see episodes of the show since seeing clips of an interview they did with crystal kay years ago. but thanks for uploading the clips shibole!

i'm a black person who has been to japan twice, the second time i stayed with a japanese family in osaka. i was always treated with respect and courtesy. unlike in the usa where i've had various experiences i won't elaborate on. i guess my point here is that all japanese people aren't racist, and as a nation they're probably not any more racist than any other nation.
Posted 12/5/07 , edited 4/14/08
Pia: NP. I don't even know where you can buy this show. I wish they'd just upload it to somewhere and give it out for free or something. It sounds like it's only being shown on some obscure cable networks.
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Posted 12/5/07 , edited 4/14/08

NeoFirefoxdzl wrote:

What's the point in this thread? I just don't get the idea.


i thnk so too
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Posted 12/7/07 , edited 4/14/08
My 2 cents on this topic:

I have a friend who is married, has children, lives and works in Hokkaido. I asked him recently about how is life out there being one of the few black-americans living out there, seeing as I might move out there one day.

He told me that first off you should drop all negative connotations about racism. That you must understand that most Japanese people will very rarely in their lifetime, get to meet a foreginer, let alone a black one. He says most of the time, people follow him around, just want to hold a conversation with him. No disrespect.

Having gone out with some Japanese girls, I have to agree with him. I'm not saying that there aren't any racist people in Japan because i'm sure there are. But for the most part they are a very respectable people, who are just curious.
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