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How to Manage Your Curls in Japan

The lovely songstress Davina Robinson shares her process on how to care for curly hair in Japan. Feel free to share! 私の髪の毛に関して、よく質問されること。私の髪の毛は自然ですよ~。 Keep Reading

Blasian Narratives: A Black and Asian Intersection

  Mitzi Uehara Carter interviewed Director Jivan Atman on his latest project, Blasian Narratives, a bricolage of thematically divided vignettes based on the cast members’ real life experiences. How does one navigate being Black and Asian in the U.S.? How do the repeated experiences of being read as predominately as Black or predominately as Asian impact one’s prospect… Keep Reading

Black / Black – Asian / Blasian Hair!

Hair is a topic that is often discussed, especially within the Black Community. Now talk about “Black” hair when it comes to biracial/bicultural children and the conversation takes on a new dynamic. I love my Afro but keeping it conditioned and styled is not without its challenges here in Japan. Then again, finding a barber… Keep Reading

Hapa and Black Asian Identity

Here is an interesting post that examines Black Asians and identity by Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, a Japanese/American multicultural psychologist and author. “Are Hapa White Asian Americans? Some people seem to think hapa means white Asian American, even though it originally refers to Hawaiian mixtures and is not confined to hapa haole. I never had that impression myself,… Keep Reading

Japan is Changing by Hafu Film

Some very interesting statistics on ever-changing Japan. Be sure to check out the documentary,  Hafu. “”Hafu” is the unfolding journey of discovery into the intricacies of mixed-race Japanese and their multicultural experience in modern day Japan. The film follows the lives of 5 “hafus”–the Japanese term for people who are half-Japanese–and by virtue of the… Keep Reading

Blackness in Flux in Japan

I had the pleasure of co-presenting at the University of California – Berkeley’s Center for Race & Gender with Grits and Sushi blogger and Ph.D candidate, Ms. Mitzi Uehara Carter, and scholar and Water Children blogger, Mr. Fredrick D. Kakinami Cloyd, M.A. The presentation, “DEPLOYMENT, BASES, AND THE US MILITARY IN MOVEMENT: 
IMAGINING JAPAN AND THE SELF THROUGH… Keep Reading

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