Today's topic is the Japanese perception of blacks and how blacks fare here, in the general sense. For the most part, we've been introduced to this country via Hollywood movies, music videos and the mass media.
Blacks usually come here with one serious disadvantage. We don’t automatically know that if we aren't Japanese, we're automatically OUT. This discrimination leads to us employing anti-Japanese stereotypes and allowing ourselves to form questionable alliances with other foreigners. In other words, we never really get to know any Japanese people. Our Japanese language skills also appear to fossilize at a far lower level than others. It isn’t true. It just seems that way because our numbers are so few.
Those who do fossilize early can't travel unassisted, let alone deal with local officials or people who can help them with their careers.“Whites” usually come with pre-existing connections, either a job offer or friends. Blacks usually aren't that lucky and their friends here usually don't have clout unless they're in the Hip-Hop industry.
After a few bouts of discrimination, we often resort to walking around in the guise of the ANGRY BLACK PERSON. It's too bad because everyone can succeed here if they learn to play the game. Everyone has a chance to move up the Pyramid of Worth.
ANGRY BLACK PERSON mode plays right into the hands of the United States media. The media, not Hollywood, is our most dangerous enemy. Our national news is broadcast here daily with translation. Gangsta rap videos and their sickening and degrading depictions of black women at the hands of black men follow a close second. This means even if we aren't automatically labeled as prostitutes, we are often considered bubble-butt ass-shaking freaks.
This doesn't mean a blasian future is doomed. Shockingly, Hollywood is helping us the most. In as much as they screw us at home, they aren't doing that much damage abroad. The Japanese people have specific tastes in films: romantic comedies and big-budgeted films. Black people are seldom depicted on the big screen at all; hence, minimal damage. Will Smith and Denzel Washington are LOVED. Denzel's newest movie is doing great and Tyler Perry's films sell well on DVD although they are the imported versions.
Jaden Smith and the Karate Kid remake have done an astronomical job of promoting young black boys as potential winners, not destined losers. In movie forums, people are having frank discussions about race and pre-conceived notions. Not just about young black boys, but Chinese people as well.
In addition, NHK, is doing an amazing job of trying to promote black people in a positive light. They aren't just passively broadcasting ready-made documentaries. They're going out into black neighborhoods in America and learning for themselves about our lives and so far everything I've seen is POSITIVE!! Documentaries about blacks during the build up to the Soccer World Cup gave South African people a serious boost.
There is still hope for our blasian future. We just need to try a little harder.
Next up - Are Japanese homogeneous, racists or what?