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Old 06-22-2013, 11:19 PM
 
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Wow I have no idea that xenophobia in Japan is that bad. How are the overseas Japanese treated when they return home?

I knew quite a few japanese who spent most of their life in the states. If is funny, because many of them stuck to their own kind and spoke japanese a lot, had their own fashion style, and still kept up their japanese culture as much as possible. The koreans where like this too. You can say they were xenophobic as well, but they were out of their own element and living in a foreign land. Some of these kids I know returned home eventhough they did not spend much time there. I wonder how they are welcomed.
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Old 06-23-2013, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Macao
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Wow I have no idea that xenophobia in Japan is that bad. How are the overseas Japanese treated when they return home?

I knew quite a few japanese who spent most of their life in the states. If is funny, because many of them stuck to their own kind and spoke japanese a lot, had their own fashion style, and still kept up their japanese culture as much as possible. The koreans where like this too. You can say they were xenophobic as well, but they were out of their own element and living in a foreign land. Some of these kids I know returned home eventhough they did not spend much time there. I wonder how they are welcomed.
Every individual has their own story. Some adjust quickly back to Japan, other's done. Just like anywhere or anything else.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:09 AM
 
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Wow I have no idea that xenophobia in Japan is that bad. How are the overseas Japanese treated when they return home?

I knew quite a few japanese who spent most of their life in the states. If is funny, because many of them stuck to their own kind and spoke japanese a lot, had their own fashion style, and still kept up their japanese culture as much as possible. The koreans where like this too. You can say they were xenophobic as well, but they were out of their own element and living in a foreign land. Some of these kids I know returned home eventhough they did not spend much time there. I wonder how they are welcomed.
The U.S is a racially segregated country, so it's not that funny or surprising. It's a safe practice to stay with their own kind to avoid possible discrimination from other races.

The another thing to note is that, where you were born and raised is usually more important than where you end up having spent more time in your whole life.
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:54 PM
 
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Wow I have no idea that xenophobia in Japan is that bad. How are the overseas Japanese treated when they return home?

I knew quite a few japanese who spent most of their life in the states. If is funny, because many of them stuck to their own kind and spoke japanese a lot, had their own fashion style, and still kept up their japanese culture as much as possible. The koreans where like this too. You can say they were xenophobic as well, but they were out of their own element and living in a foreign land. Some of these kids I know returned home eventhough they did not spend much time there. I wonder how they are welcomed.
It depends on how they spent their time here, how closely they kept to the Japanese customs and mannerisms, and whether they actually mention they lived abroad for a long segment of time.

If they come back with foreign mannerisms, they will forever be labeled as a foreigner. Happens all the time with the Brazilian Japanese. To reintegrate it helps if you were born there.

But folks are right, everyone has different experiences. Also seems related to where you are in Japan. In Tokyo you're expected to conform to a particular image of being a foreigner. Outside it though, I've noticed folks are genuinely curious and kind. Maybe I should search for a job in my field closer to Gifu or Nagoya... .
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:20 PM
 
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But folks are right, everyone has different experiences. Also seems related to where you are in Japan. In Tokyo you're expected to conform to a particular image of being a foreigner. Outside it though, I've noticed folks are genuinely curious and kind. Maybe I should search for a job in my field closer to Gifu or Nagoya... .
Tokyo is stifling, in my opinion. Just riding the trains, I can feel the conservative air of 'he's not conforming 100%'...

Down here in Kansai, Osaka, the 'Land of Comedians' and other interesting things, I simply do not feel like a foreigner at all. I don't feel Japanese either, and never had the desire or interest to either. But, I often forget my foreigness.

I've also take some trains in some very rural areas of Japan, and surprised at how very informal I've seen people in those parts. Examples I can think of is people standing up and opening trains, and sticking their heads out the windows, and other such things. That is something that struck me as, wow, very informal. Whereas if someone did that in Tokyo, they'd probably be looked at with complete shock. Than again, there are so many trains going by every minute in Tokyo, that you'd probably lose your head!

But anyways, Osaka is about perfect. Many of the social conventions that are typical of Japan, but much less of the ridigity that you'd find up in Tokyo.
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