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That's one quote that sums up a viral video of black people talking frankly about their life in a country that is stereotypically depicted as being frosty to outsiders. The minute documentary Black in Japanalong with a shorter version, have collectively been clicked on abouttimes on YouTube. The video features eight black people, mostly African-Americans, who work at a variety of jobs in Japan, and have been in the country for varied lengths of time.
I get to do more things that I probably would have wanted to do in America, but the saturation of the particular minority African-Americans makes me invisible. Several of the people featured in the film cited personal safety as a key consideration. Crime rates in Japan are very low compared to industrialised Western countries, and several said they felt insulated from racist violence and targeting by police. I feel like nobody's going to shoot me because of my skin colour," says Ayana.
But impressions of Japan were not universally positive. Several of the interviewees said there was widespread ignorance about black culture, that Japanese people like to randomly touch their hair and skin, and that racist remarks were common, particularly by children.
The documentary was made by Rachel, an American woman, and Jun, a Japanese man, a married couple who make videos about everyday life in Japan for their YouTube channel. Cunningham, an English teacher from Jamaica, said he has heard Japanese people bad-mouth other nationalities but that he hasn't witnessed any specific incidents, and compared attitudes to other instances of international tensions.
This issue is rife throughout the world though. Only about 1. Earlier this year, Ariana Miyamoto became the first mixed race woman to win the title of Miss Japan.
And BBC Trending recently reported on a row over a cartoon drawing of a migrant girl which some deemed racist. Blog by Mike Wendling.
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