The Invisible Gaijin has a pretty interesting post for those not quite sure if they fall into the gaijin or gaikokujin category. Be sure to recommend a few others that can be added to the list. Here is a partial listing:
- You call yourself gaijin because you know it pisses off the newbie gaikokujin.
- You bow repeatedly when talking on the phone.
- You offer your business card before shaking hands with a visitor from overseas.
- You prefer Japanese Big Macs to American Big Macs.
- You can sing enka perfectly but Japanese colleagues still ask you to sing “Country Road” at karaoke.
- You freak out folks back home when you take off your shoes at the door.
- You automatically duck your head when exiting the subway.
- You ignore other gaijin, especially the tourists who make eye contact and smile.
- You have pretended you don’t speak English at least three times.
- You fold the paper wrapper for the chopsticks to make a neat little stand.
Here is the scale to see where you fall:
0-5 You’ve been here less than a year. Gambare!
6-20 You’ve been here a while but keep trying.
21-49 You’re qualified to call yourself a gaijin.
50-59 You’ve been here too long and can call yourself anything you please!
Click here to read the rest of the list and to find out if your gaijin or gaikokujin.