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Are Asians who are new to America scared of black people?
Posted 7/7/12
Well I'm a 5'11 and 195lbs -Very athletic Black Male. I am very nice, Handsome and approachable I think and I've noticed that of course some people of any race would fear me a little I have an imposing figure, but I have noticed that some Japanese and other Asian races (sorry I don't want to say every one) that are kinda new to America are much more how can I say apprehensive of my presence especially when I walk by them or sit next to them on a train or bus. Don't get me wrong I am in no way saying that they hate black people of something that harsh, I'm just honestly asking If in most Asian countries there are no black people or if there is something taught that might make them scared or maybe even my height and size? If anyone might know something I would appreciate it a lot . I have Asian friends and dated 2 Asian girls in my life time. I like people of all cultures and backgrounds.
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Posted 7/7/12
I don't know. I don't think that's the case.
Posted 7/7/12

marcel20 wrote:

I have noticed that some Japanese and other Asian races (sorry I don't want to say every one) that are kinda new to America are much more how can I say apprehensive of my presence especially when I walk by them or sit next to them on a train or bus. Don't get me wrong I am in no way saying that they hate black people of something that harsh, I'm just honestly asking If in most Asian countries there are no black people or if there is something taught that might make them scared or maybe even my height and size?


Studies conducted that majority of Asian people fear the colour tone of black in general. Asian cultures like China takes the colour black as a symbol death and mourn. Thus, they discourage mostly people wearing black. Sighted example, if there's a birthday and other special occasions one is invited to attend, one must wear a festive and vibrant colour. Wearing black may give the wrong impression. Black have been connoted to some of the negative attributes in the society to name a few, black magic, black knight, black death, black water, black Saturday often times figuratively aligns it self to negativity. In nature of being human, the black seems to be the unknown. Night time, is most feared time by humans for we can not see properly and we believe that the absence of sunlight dark creature roams around mostly in stories like ghost, demons take a look of the one mammal that feast at night and have been feared for the wrong side of it's nature the BATS. Most the same in dogs. If you have a white doberman most like to see it roaming and feel it is harmless and cute. In the contrary, if you have a black doberman majority stay away from it.

It's a social stigma that black is feared much more if it's black or dark people. To add to it Hip hop or Hollywood contributed to another downgrade factors of it like most of the gang or bad wild people they portrayed it as black people saying fucking and shitty foul words. One can say that Hollywood have a bigger impact on the planet than Jesus it self



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Posted 7/7/12
Japan does have a smattering of black people. They're usually American soldiers or Brazilian expats.
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Posted 7/7/12
in japan athletic african-amer or african-japanese? are sometimes portrayed as homosexual
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Posted 7/7/12
Im not really sure. Actually im mixed asian and black. But i usually think its the way blacks are viewed in a way like social media. Or maybe its just the asian person has had a problem with a black person before. Not really sure.
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Posted 7/7/12
Well I just moved here in d USA 4 years ago and i'm not scared of black people..
Posted 7/7/12
Possibly. Depends on the neighborhood you're in.
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Posted 7/7/12
Japanese anime tend to praise black people for their athletic abilities so I don't see why there would be some unspoken rule to fear them lol.
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Posted 7/7/12
it's stupid, but ingrained into literally everyone is a fear of people who look different than the people we're used to seeing. it's natural instinct, and it's nobody's choice, it's just our brains being dickweeds. (we've evolved a long way however, which means that obviously, in this day and age it's not acceptable in our society to discriminate against people because of it.) um i really hate to use this as an example but it's kind of like when you see someone with down syndrome. you've seen people with it before and you'll see them again, but unless you've spent a lot of time with them through-out your life there is still an initial feeling of discomfort, even if you've never had an ableist thought in your life

so if someone from let's say japan moved out west, they would probably have pangs of that natural fear from time to time, which would explain why your presence sometimes makes them visably nervous, being that you have a different skin color and are a bigger person than what they're typically used to. i'm making it sound horrible but it's less like racism and more like culture shock

honestly even though it's shitty and would probably make you feel bad, it most likely doesn't come with ill intentions, unless they're fucking horrible people in which case they're not worth your breath anyway
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Posted 7/7/12
guess i'll chime in since i'm black & all.. lol.

i met some korean & japanese foreign exchange students during undergrad. they were so open-minded from the onset; they were eager to learn all about my culture & vice versa. one of the students became my next-door neighbor; most benevolent, hospitable guy i had ever met.. he cooked us dinner (kim'chi = yummy), invited us to hang w/ his crew & divulged all sorts of stories about his past, including upbringing & military duty. i even began dating one of his female korean friends briefly.. they undeniably helped make my college experience a sensational one.

the take-home message is that stereotypes exist everywhere & are unfortunately perpetuated in the media.. but if people can just peel away that layer of misconceptions or "noise", they'll find how much of a blessing it is to sincerely understand & connect with others.
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Posted 7/7/12
i am o.o
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Posted 7/7/12
what i would give yo know what people are thinking
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Posted 7/8/12
From my experiences, the preconceived beliefs, and/or reactions that some Asians have towards Black people is just old culture. They likely did not grow up knowing Black people, and so act in the way they were taught by their parents/culture/society. To understand this better here's some little known history. Christians (Spaniards) fought the North African Islamic for control of what is now Spain, which they won in 1492. Before this, during Roman times it didn't matter what color your skin was, only if you were a Roman citizen. After the Spaniards beat the North Africans, the Spaniards kicked out all Africans from Spain, so nobody in Spain wanted to be Black, or even know Black people. Then a couple of months later Christopher Columbus found the "New World" as well as taking the idea that dark skin is a negative with him. Fast forward to "New Spain" (Mexico). The natives were dying off. Africans were brought over to be slaves. Since Black people were slaves, and the slave owners were light skinned, the idea that light skin is better then dark skin developed in this society. This idea that Black people are slaves, was taken to the thirteen colonies which became slavery in America. The idea that light skin is better then dark came from this time in history, but as we know now it's a false idea, that thankfully is fading as we move into the future.
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Posted 7/8/12
Old-fasioned Asian people tend to dislike strangers (in general). It's undeniable that a lot of Asian grandparents and such can be pretty racist. They don't think before saying something racist, either. It's just too ingrained to change on a large scale.

Then, again, everyone is racist to a certain degree. We all make assumptions and prejudge others. The 'degree' of this varies, but we all do it. I'm not promoting prejudice, but judging based on what we see has long been a way for us to cope with strangers and new environments.
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