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TUJ Lecture Series: New World Law & Order

Recent political protests worldwide highlight the seemingly endless struggle between government interests in preventing crime, maintaining public order and protecting national security balanced against negatively impacting individual civil liberties and minority communities. Be sure to check out the upcoming Temple University, Japan Campus Lecture Series, New World Law & Order: Profile, Protest, and Social Justice hosted… Keep Reading

Thoughts on Blackface in Japan

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,… Keep Reading

White Out

I recently came across this blog discussing racism and privilege in America, in particular, how both played a part in the Trayvon Martin murder and subsequent trial of George Zimmerman. The writer, pictured above, is from the same neighborhood as Martin, has this to say about her blog and about the case: Gone Agape is a… Keep Reading

Japan & African Americans from the Russo-Japanese War to Pearl Harbor

I had the pleasure of viewing Mr. Ben Karp’s presentation at the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies, Temple University in Japan on the Golden Era of Black and Japanese relations. He discusses W.E. Du Bois’ travels to Japan and provides insights to a period considered a peak of Black – Japanese relations. Additionally, Mr. Karp had… Keep Reading

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