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Thoughts on Blackface in Japan

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Jirro707 sent a reply to a query posed by Baye McNeil (Loco in Yokohama) in response to a recent Japan Times article, Time to shut down this modern-day minstrel show, that addresses a planned Fuji TV performance by the group Rats & Star on March 7, 2015. In the Japan Times piece, McNeil writes: Or,…

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My mother is your mother too.

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  This is the image I think about whenever people start talking about segregation and apartheid. When people like Ayako Sano spout nonsensical ideas like “aparthied is a good thing“, from yesteryear. When I hear stupid polititians like Mississippi State Rep. Gene Alday say all the “Blacks in their districts have crazy welfare checks so I’m…

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Black Tokyo Monogatari: Stereotypical Black Women in Japan

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With the latest “look at me, I’m in blackface” misunderstanding” or as I like to call it “Black Ships and Blackface, How Perry Opened Japan to the West,” and yet another prominent columnist praising racial segregation under apartheid as a model for Japanese immigration policy in a leading right-wing Japanese newspaper, the Sankei Shimbun, it…

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Blackface in Japan Revisited, Sigh!

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Blackface is once again in the news in Japan. The last time I ran a story on Rats & Star, I presented Epic Records Japan’s Gosperats performing in blackface at the Cotton Club in Tokyo. By the way, Epic Records Japan is owned by Sony BMG. Do I need to go down that rabbit hole…

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TEDxKyoto: Beyond Sushi by Shuichi Inoue

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“This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Sushi maestro Shuichi Inoue draws on art forms such as ikebana, brush painting and bonsai to transform the simple combination of fish and rice into elegant, edible art.” Via @JayKlaphake, Founder of TEDxKyoto | Speaker, Event Producer & Professor: Global…

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A View of White People in Japan

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Many expats in Japan have run into the “Oh no! Don’t look him/her (another expat) in the eye!” type of Westerner. I have on numerous occurs had conversations with Black Americans as to why this happens. Here is take on “F#cken White People!!!” in Japan. What do you think? Photo credit via The Pain Comics.  

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