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People who are obessed with Japan
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Japan Hates you


In 2005, a United Nations report expressed concerns about "deep and profound" racism in Japan and insufficient government recognition of the problem.[1][2] The author of the report, Doudou Diène (Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights), concluded after an investigation and nine-day tour of Japan that racial discrimination and xenophobia in Japan primarily affects three groups: national minorities, descendants of former Japanese colonies and foreigners from other Asian countries


Yes, I've heard that the foreigners from other Asian countries change their names so that they wouldn't be discriminated against.
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SeoulIncheon wrote:


thundergodcid wrote:

Japan Hates you


In 2005, a United Nations report expressed concerns about "deep and profound" racism in Japan and insufficient government recognition of the problem.[1][2] The author of the report, Doudou Diène (Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights), concluded after an investigation and nine-day tour of Japan that racial discrimination and xenophobia in Japan primarily affects three groups: national minorities, descendants of former Japanese colonies and foreigners from other Asian countries


Yes, I've heard that the foreigners from other Asian countries change their names so that they wouldn't be discriminated against.


you mean change to japanese name?
aww thats wont suit me
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Would I be considered a weeaboo if I were:

- Studying the language using any resource I can get my eyes/hands on
- Joining their social networking website (NOT myspace, but rather mixi.jp)
- Making a pen pal on SAID social networking site
- Watching anime with a Japanese dictionary in hand
- Studying the culture instead of getting views off anime/J-Pop
- Frequenting a Japanese [wonky] culture blog (Tofugu)


Do you use Japanese words in everyday situations?

Because I don't live in Japan, it's really difficult to speak Japanese. Though when I DO speak Japanese, I refrain from using simple words with English like "That's so kawaii!". I will speak Japanese in SENTENCES, however, and I'm not one to just mimic from anime; I synthesize my own thoughts and make them into a sentence.

Example:
You're not Japanese, are you?
あなたは日本人じゃないでしょうね?
anata wa nihonjin janai deshou ne?

It may not be perfect Japanese, but at least it's better than hearing something from anime and mimicking it.

Well, I mean, do you speak to a non-Japanese person randomly in Japanese? For instance, you're talking to a friend and they say something weird and you would be like "What are you talking about?" in Japanese.

Nope. That comes out in English. The only time I SPEAK Japanese is if I want to say in Japanese what I WROTE in Japanese. I don't usually use it in everyday conversation, though the fact that Japanese vowels sound the same in Spanish (the language class I have to take at school) intrigues me...so much that I often do word plays on Spanish <=> Japanese (i.e. what's said 'idiot' in Japanese is said 'cow' in Spanish).

The only time I would converse in Japanese is on the internet with my Japanese, 19-year-old pen pal.


Then, I wouldn't consider you a weeaboo. Alot of people choose to learn a language and exchanging letters/e-mails with a native to that language is practical when learning that language.

I wouldn't want to learn Japanese since I don't know where I would use it. It would be much more practical to learn Chinese(depending where you live, either Cantonese or Mandarin) since there are alot of immigrants from China.
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kimshadoway wrote:


SeoulIncheon wrote:


thundergodcid wrote:

Japan Hates you


In 2005, a United Nations report expressed concerns about "deep and profound" racism in Japan and insufficient government recognition of the problem.[1][2] The author of the report, Doudou Diène (Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights), concluded after an investigation and nine-day tour of Japan that racial discrimination and xenophobia in Japan primarily affects three groups: national minorities, descendants of former Japanese colonies and foreigners from other Asian countries


Yes, I've heard that the foreigners from other Asian countries change their names so that they wouldn't be discriminated against.


you mean change to japanese name?
aww thats wont suit me


Yeah.
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Posted 1/26/08

thundergodcid wrote:

Japan Hates you


In 2005, a United Nations report expressed concerns about "deep and profound" racism in Japan and insufficient government recognition of the problem.[1][2] The author of the report, Doudou Diène (Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights), concluded after an investigation and nine-day tour of Japan that racial discrimination and xenophobia in Japan primarily affects three groups: national minorities, descendants of former Japanese colonies and foreigners from other Asian countries

I don't see anything regarding America (only Asia), so does that mean if I go to Japan, I won't be discriminated against? Also, this is coming from 2 and a half years ago, so when I go to Japan near the end of 2008 (mainly to visit my cousins in Japan), does this mean I'll still be shunned upon because of this whole issue regarding foreigners from Asian countries (despite the fact that my family is American with Filipino descent)?


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Yes, I've heard that the foreigners from other Asian countries change their names so that they wouldn't be discriminated against.

I've already gotten myself a name if the worst-case scenario DOES happen: 石川「ノッキュ」道土 (Ishikawa "Nokkyu" Michido)
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thats mostly like saying that these ppl are japanese freaks like uh anime freak thats just sick though i liek anime and dramas but im not into it like that. theres someone in my school like that. dressing up and acting liek an anime girl ugh
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JohtoKen wrote:


thundergodcid wrote:

Japan Hates you


In 2005, a United Nations report expressed concerns about "deep and profound" racism in Japan and insufficient government recognition of the problem.[1][2] The author of the report, Doudou Diène (Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights), concluded after an investigation and nine-day tour of Japan that racial discrimination and xenophobia in Japan primarily affects three groups: national minorities, descendants of former Japanese colonies and foreigners from other Asian countries

I don't see anything regarding America (only Asia), so does that mean if I go to Japan, I won't be discriminated against? Also, this is coming from 2 and a half years ago, so when I go to Japan near the end of 2008 (mainly to visit my cousins in Japan), does this mean I'll still be shunned upon because of this whole issue regarding foreigners from Asian countries (despite the fact that my family is American with Filipino descent)?


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Yes, I've heard that the foreigners from other Asian countries change their names so that they wouldn't be discriminated against.

I've already gotten myself a name if the worst-case scenario DOES happen: 石川「ノッキュ」道土 (Ishikawa "Nokkyu" Michido)




actually,



"Western" foreigners in Japan, particularly those from Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand, are often called Gaikokujin or Gaijin.[citation needed] The first large influx of such foreigners occurred in the 1980s, when the Japanese government adopted a policy to give scholarships to large numbers of foreign students to study at Japanese universities. In addition, as the Japanese economy grew quickly in the 1980s, a sizable number of Westerners began coming to Japan. Many found jobs as English conversation teachers, but others were employed in various professional fields such as finance and business. Although some have become permanent residents or even naturalized citizens, they are generally perceived as short-term visitors and treated as outside of Japanese society
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this is off topic sorta....u know whats funny. ppl who dont know anything about asia. this one girl asked me "do u speak asian?" i jus kept staring at her. and i told her no of course.
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omg I want to go to japan also this year
well what japanese name i need to choose
it will be so weird cuz i dont look like japanese at all
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omg I want to go to japan also this year
well what japanese name i need to choose
it will be so weird cuz i dont look like japanese at all


Unless you're East-Asian, then I wouldn't make a Japanese name for yourself.
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omg I want to go to japan also this year
well what japanese name i need to choose
it will be so weird cuz i dont look like japanese at all


^_^ my sister lives there and says its really esy to pick up the language.
im teaching myself it and its pretty easy to learn, once u figure out how to pronounce certial letters. Everything is pretty much pronounced how its spelled.
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There's nothing bad about having a large interest or passion for a certain culture. The only thing that I don't like is when they go overboard and throw away their own culture and pride OR if they claim to LOVE the culture when all they know is anime, jdoramas, and japanese cars. Bullsh1t.

For example, some kids, "otakus" in my school are so freaking obsessed about Japan that they keep insisting that they're 1/4 Japanese. It doesn't have to be a caucasian either, i've seen asians do it too.

Japanophiles are scary.

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le1chi wrote:

There's nothing bad about having a large interest or passion for a certain culture. The only thing that I don't like is when they go overboard and throw away their own culture and pride OR if they claim to LOVE the culture when all they know is anime, jdoramas, and japanese cars. Bullsh1t.

For example, some kids, "otakus" in my school are so freaking obsessed about Japan that they keep insisting that they're 1/4 Japanese. It doesn't have to be a caucasian either, i've seen asians do it too.

Japanophiles are scary.



no doubt
there was my ex-classmates
he's 17 yrs old and he's an otaku
every morning he make funny move from japs masked rider henshin
lols.........
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le1chi wrote:

There's nothing bad about having a large interest or passion for a certain culture. The only thing that I don't like is when they go overboard and throw away their own culture and pride OR if they claim to LOVE the culture when all they know is anime, jdoramas, and japanese cars. Bullsh1t.

For example, some kids, "otakus" in my school are so freaking obsessed about Japan that they keep insisting that they're 1/4 Japanese. It doesn't have to be a caucasian either, i've seen asians do it too.

Japanophiles are scary.



Am I the odd man out here? I'm not obsessed with Japan, but I think highly of the culture. Hey, I'm American and this is where I'm gonna die, but I still like the 'romanticism' of the Asian culture. I'm not an Anime fan in any way, but I like Asian movies; I don't understand the first, single word of Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean....any Asian-based language, but I have music in my collection that I enjoy very much. I have had friends of all the above mentioned cultures, very close friends at that, but I never changed ME to make them happy. If the Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese or any other culture hates Americans, oh well....but they don't know ME so it does not other me. And if I upset people becasue I enjoy and have a high opinion of another culture, all I can say is: Get A Life and Get Over It !
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well...i guess that it's quite okay to like japan or dream of going there in the fututre but it's too much to blabber about it almost everyday. it sounds like you aren't proud of your own country. i dream of going to japan in the fututre and if i like it there, maybe settle there for good but those are only plans. they may change. I like japan because of how advance they are and i like their culture and discipline...but i won't forget to look back to where i come from...hehehe...
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