Not all ALTs come from the Big Five countries.
By Suzanne Bhagan 7 min read
Gaijin across the board have strong opinions about the word “hafu,” but do they have enough perspective to comment so fervently about it?
The term “hafu” in Japan means being half-Japanese. With increasing diversity in Japan’s classrooms, the Hafu2Hafu project is a way to educate students (and ourselves) about cultural identity.
It's a complex question to answer: As an American of Japanese decent, in America, I'm "Japanese," but in Japan — who am I?
Coming to Japan as an Asian ALT was as eye opening for the students as it was for this writer in Niigata Prefecture.
What is it like to be an Asian foreigner in Japan? One writer shares her experiences of blending so far into the background that she became invisible.
Every relationship is different, but looking back at my first romance with a Japanese man, I did notice a few recurring patterns that seem common to many interracial couples in Japan.
I can hope to shed some light on media portrayals of blackness and whiteness in Japan.
Japan has taken an important step to show a new definition of what it means to be Japanese.
We are not Hāfu, we are double because both cultural and ethnic heritages make us who we are.
The gaijin complex is an interesting social phenomenon unique to Japan. What can Japan do to welcome foreigners and be a bigger part of the global community?