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Black Scholars Who Make a Specialty of Asian Studies Revisited

[Originally posted in June 2008. Revisited for Black History Month] I received the following question from a new BT reader this afternoon. He asked: “Why do you find Japan so fascinating?” My quick reply to the question: “I find Japanese history and culture fascinating, the Japanese interesting (from a sociological point-of-view) and life in Japan,… Keep Reading

Disgrasian scrutinizes Japan Probe

Oh laaawd! Disgrasian doesn’t care about white people! Or should I say, “Wow! Disgrasian doesn’t care about white people? Really? That’s a strong statement! I guess that my post on the newest foreign face of McDonald’s Japan, Mr. James, is deemed safe or tame, considering the feedback previously received when questioning “selective rants from other… Keep Reading


Loco in Yokohama: #9 – Mentsu

It is common to use メンツ in Japan. It is my understanding that the kanji 『面子』 is not used since this kanji is normally used when writing in Chinese. Those that play mahjong may be familiar with the word. The term “otoko no mentsu 『男のメンツ」is a common term in Japan but I think the term “menmoku”『面目』can also… Keep Reading


DNA and Racial Identification.

If you read my post on those questioning Barack Obama’s race, the post below sent in by Zen asks the question: Is there an underlying problem with labeling people by race in an increasingly multiracial society? The idea that people are using DNA results to qualify for affirmative action, college admissions and scholarships and membership in… Keep Reading


Mainichi Shimbun answers questions on Obama's race

When I first read Yoshinori Nakai’s (Deputy Chief Editorial Writer, Mainichi Shimbun) article answering the question: “Is U.S. President-elect Barack Obama really black?” I thought: “Okay, this is really a dumb-ass question!” but then it dawned on me that some in America had/have/may have issues with Obama and his race: “Is he Black enough?”  “He’s not Black,… Keep Reading


Europeans back Obama, Asians like McCain

Could Europe be categorized as a U.S. Democratic Party “blue state” and Asia, a Republican Party “red state”? American presidential elections provide a near perfect test to understand the difference between European and Asian worldviews, even if the two continents are far from united internally. If you want America to lead by the power of… Keep Reading

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