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Are Japanese people racist?
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Posted 2/13/08 , edited 4/21/08
. . . uhm. I do not know how to respond to this question. Personally, I believe that we are all racist. Race/ethnicity has no role in judging who is [the most] racist.

Besides, I do know PLENTY of people that are hapas. Which includes: half black, half American, half Indian, half Hispanic, etcetra.
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Posted 2/13/08 , edited 4/21/08
Stereotypes rule TV, no matter the country or culture.
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25 / M / Australia
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Posted 2/13/08 , edited 4/21/08
I've lived in japan and gone to school there, japan is extremely cautious about outsiders not so much racist. During school i would get alot of crap because i wasnt "asian" i was born in japan but both my parents are white, as time passed pepople got to know me and i got less japanese phrases spat at me such as "gaijin" even though i was as much from japan as they were. They dont like people who dont fit in you could say.
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Posted 2/14/08 , edited 4/21/08
Nothing new. Japan has and continues to have a culture of xenophobia. It's not very productive and if you follow the news, Japan actually has negative population growth [like many other western or industrialized nation] which can be solved by influxes of immigration. There will be racists but in general, I just think they're very naive and limited in their viewpoints of foreigners [not that most other countries are that much better].
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Posted 2/14/08 , edited 4/21/08

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HokiePokie wrote:

Most anime takes place in Japan... you don't have many black guys in Japan... well you don't have as many apparently "Japanese" (white guys) as you got actual asians... so.. eh... I like my anime characters asian more.. when it's placed in Japan.. can be like 1 black guy.. or a few.. but 100 in Japan in one school? I doubt it


haha yea actually there are a lot of black people in Japan. Jamaican, African, and you name it. I haven't seen them in really remote areas in Japan but definitely in and around the outskirts of Tokyo. But thats probably expected anyway. That's where you find tons of foreigners



Yeah, If you go to Roppongi, you'll see many foreigners blacks, whites. You'll see Chinese people in Yokohama china town.

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I would not point the finger and say Only Japanese are Racist. There are only 5 races... some of the "race" people mentioned are ethnicity. Well to my point is that racism happens everywhere, no matter where you go. There are many stereotypes about certain people of different backgrounds and cultures here. Most of the time racism happens because people do not understand and are simply ignorant.
So what if there are not that many different ethnic or racial group represented in Anime? In Japan, to my knowledge, it is largely a homogeneous country, as like many country in Asia. It is quite alright. However, if it is compared to a country where it is multicultural... Japan probably does a better job. In American TV Shows, we do not see other people except for the whites; everyone else is not represented. On top of that, if they are represented, it is very stereotypical. sure some may be good, but stereotypes are not fun to live with.
I am sure that it is the older generations, that are not as accepting, but it is quite ridiculous to call a contry for being racist for not representing other groups when they are largely a homogeneous country.
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Posted 2/14/08 , edited 4/21/08

LordDolmus wrote:

Just to clarify I'll name a few key races.

White
Black
Hispanic
Indian

The only time you see any Americans on Japan's television networks is on one of their cartoons and the white guys are always greedy, cocky and arrogant. The black guys are either drawn in Blackface or some muscular big lipped guy. And the hispanics and indians are never seen. Only once was a guy hispanic on Pokemon and I'm pretty sure that was just because America dubbed him that way, otherwise, nope.


Well, just because you never been there. There are many foreigners in Japan. white, blacks, some asians. Also Japanese people are not that racist as other countries. They're just aware of foreigners because do you know how many crimes are committed by foreigners in Japan? a lot!
but I see some foreigners are on tv too. some of them are comedians, and on variety tv shows, and also kids language programs too. you should visit there sometimes so you'll know. I'm half white and I look white! people do stare at me but they're all nice to me and never had any racial comments before in Japan. but in U.S. i have.
Posted 2/14/08 , edited 4/21/08
"Are Japanese people racist?"

-give me a break. they're the least expected on my list. they just draw what they can see.
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Posted 2/14/08 , edited 4/21/08
nope! I disagre strongly that Japanese are racist... only some hermit would belive that...lol
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Posted 2/14/08 , edited 8/9/08

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i find that as silly as the cooties thing back in my younger days.
even though it's possible it's very unlikely unless the person is like coughing about to die sick while going there.



I do too, but to each it's own.
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Posted 2/14/08 , edited 4/21/08
Since when are animators the representatives of the Japanese people.
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25 / M / Norway
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this is a weird topic.
its just like saying "are all americans emo's?" just because i saw it in some sort of weird film...
there may be some emo's but that doesn't mean that everyone is. and even if they are, SO WHAT? -__-

do not depend on first/second impressions.
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Wow I never know that Japanese so damn racist
I cant give too many comments because I dont know anything about Japan
lol
Well there are too many 'Wanapese' out there even in my school
Yeah the truth is they hate you
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well im japanese and i allways get the comments "bloody whaler go back to your own country" etc etc
its actually quite funny to hear the comments lol.........


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Posted 2/14/08 , edited 4/21/08
i don't thik so, but they are a proud race and they look to keep it that way. (hope this comment doesn't offend anyone)
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