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電車男はジャマイカから来ましたか?
July 27, 2009, 5:17 pm
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今日、「電車男」というテレビ番組をダウンロードしました。一番目のエピソードにはジャマイカのフラグを着ています。「ちょっとへん」と思っていますから、ここにこの写真を置きたかったです。

ジャマイカの電車男

ジャマイカの電車男

Update 2: 電車で女の人をみます。彼女はDan Brownの「The DaVinci Code」という本を読んでいます。

読んでるね。。。

読んでるね。。。

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黒人社会の旅。。。終わり?。。。じゃない。

So over this last year as I further my study of other cultures I continue to find how we people of African descent are EVERYWHERE! It’s difficult now to find a place where there aren’t black people. In every continent there is mixing of African genes. Where there isn’t black people are learning the language and cultures of  these places. It is a beautiful thing to see. It is a true sign of change not only on a national level but on a global scale!

China:

Volleyball Player Ding Hui

Volleyball Player Ding Hui

Tencent sport news reported yesterday that a “unique” volleyball player of mixed African and Chinese descent, 20-year-old Ding Hui (丁慧) from Zhejiang, has made the Volleyball Association’s list of 18 big-shot volleyball players. Chosen by Zhou Jian’an (周建安), the chief trainer of the national men’s team, the writer of the report called Ding Hui a free individual, who is flexible and agile, and also the first “black” player in the history of the national volleyball team.

(http://www.danwei.org/sports/first_half-african_half-chines.php)

Japan:

An African man argues in Japanese the damage caused by Japan to other countries, in Japanese!

An African-American group raps in Japanese and even tours in Japan!

Korea:

Crystal-Kay-PictureIt is difficult figuring out where to place Crystal Kay. She is of Korean and African-American descent however, she does not speak Korean. She is a third-generation Zainichi Korean so she speaks Japanese and English fluently. She is a rather successful pop/R&B singer in Japan:

If you’re curious check out a few of her things here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZBzRHKu2nI


African-American women speaks on Korean television in fluent Korean amongst the other foreign but fluent women. 😀

Colombia:

450px-Vendedora_de_frutas_Cartagena_ColombiaThe African Diaspora has brought people of African descent to many different places, Columbia and Panama are included. The woman in the picture is a vendor in Columbia. Columbia’s black population is nothing compared to that of Panama who has a majority population of people of African descent.

United Kingdom:

corinne-bailey-rae-and-jason-rae Corinne Bailey Rae is an African-British singer who has recently become rather internationally recognized for her vocal talents. Winning the “Outstanding New Artist Award” in 2007,  her bluesy type of voice perfect for the acoustic type of pop she writes. She’s complete with the British accent and all!

France:

399px-Corneille_artiste This is Corneille. He sings song in French however he is not French. He has got to be the most difficult person to place because he is cross-continental by himself. He was born in Germany to Rwandan parents, however he is a Canadian resident. He is pretty well known in France. He uses afrobeat styles in his music. This is truly a blending of cultures in itself.

It’s in realizing these kinds of things that make me glad to be who I am! Originally held back form the world, black people as a whole have made major triumphs just about everywhere, not just in our numbers but in cultural influence as well. The world is changing and this is one of the things that to me, is evidence of that.

I hope that I will be a significant part of this triumph! :D

I hope that I will be a significant part of this triumph! 😀



{Pokémon Worlds = Japan.
April 16, 2009, 3:38 pm
Filed under: Bigger Things, Dorm Life, Japan | Tags: , , , , , , ,

From no other than a Japanese would you hear a line like this. It’s so sad that a game could make a comparison with salt water and tear after a hard day at work.

"The salty tang of the sea tastes like my tears after a hard day at work..." Verbeitum.

"The salty tang of the sea tastes like my tears after a hard day at work..." Verbeitum.



{Cultural Weekend & Win.

So yesterday was a lot of fun. We ate ramen again for the first time in about a month. Then we attended the Japanese Student Association’s yearly O-matsuri. It was fun although it seemed a bit cheesy and Anime-Conventionish. However we did a lot of thing nonetheless. They offered sushi, melon bread, a raffle, 書道 (shodou)/calligraphy, They also had DDR however it was home version with regular pads so playing was kind of difficult with the pad moving around everywhere. Afterwards, we walked through CAS and found out that the Korean Student Association’s show had just started, so being spontaneous we went. I also wanted to go to see Sharon’s performance. She did a great job.  The KSA’s show blew the JSA’s O-matsuri away like completely. The production was so much better, there weren’t really any cheesy moments. It seems like they took a lot of time to put the show together. At the O-matsuri, everything was so disconnected and people started to leave really early. Afterward Raphael and I hung out with Sharon and her family which was fun.  The Korean Association’s show really made me more interested in Korea, it has a very interesting culture. I’m definitely glad I went.

"What?! This my 한복. It's comin' back."

"What?! This my 한복. It's comin' back."

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