03 November 2013

The Black Lifestyle

It's called "B-Style." Black culture and dance are really in with the cool kids in Tokyo now. Interviewees inform us that American black people wear "loud clothes" and gaudy accessories. "Black people look so great and stylish," one of the young ladies gushes. The look is "vulgar" on Japanese people, she says, and so it's best to try NOT to look Japanese. Deep tans are the thing to do before going clubbing all night. This partying is also (apparently) part of black culture. "Black lifestyle!"

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  1. I often wonder about people who spend hours tanning themselves as brown as possible, because it "looks healthy" or you look "slimmer" when brown, but then you hear them talking disparagingly about Indians, who are naturally brown, African Americans, who are naturally brown, Australian Aboriginals who are naturally brown, any race at all in fact that is naturally brown skinned.
    I have skin that tans easily, every summer I am several shades darker even without sunbathing, as a child I was teased unkindly about being part aboriginal, by girls who spent hours on the beach trying to get tanned without burning.

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    1. It doesn't make sense to me, either... I don't see why people can't just be who they are and then learn about other people as normal people. You could tell that probably many of these Japanese teens had never met an actual person whose ancestors came from Africa.

      That's my guess, anyway... it struck me as akin to some guy knowing all about "Irish culture" because he saw a St. Patrick's day parade on TV. It was sorta funny to watch but then you kinda cringe at the same time.

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  2. Interestingly enough, my daughter and niece (both black) are enthralled by Japanese culture, they love the music, can sing the songs, have the room decor, and purchase the fabric to make clothes with a Japanese flair. Shrug. You have the see the mutual admiration in it. I'm glad my girls draw the line at bleaching their skin. To back up your point though, they are a lot more educated about Japanese culture than these girls are about "black lifestyle". They are actually emulating rap lifestyle.

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    1. That's so funny, because Americans are supposed to be the ones who are ignorant. :/

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