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Kurt Onstad

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[May. 18th, 2003|09:13 pm]
Kurt Onstad
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My birthday is in less than three months...

In case you're looking for an under $20 gift for me, I find this t-shirt really cool.

Of course, it'd be even better if we could get tommyomega to wear it...

Kurt
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[User Picture]From: tommyomega
2003-05-18 09:45 pm (UTC)

Except that I'm a "Haffu," not a gaijin... (Rant)

And if you wanna be more accurate, it's "gaikokujin" (Foreigner, or Person from Outside of the Country) vs. the older, more "unpolitically correct" (and disparaging) gaijin (Outsider, or Outside Person). Gaijin, though technically acceptable, is a more disparaging term. Anybody who's had to fill the forms for the temporary visa to Japan will tell you that the country's been more culturally-aware of their attitudes within the last ten years and their forms reflect it.

Minor difference, I know, but if you've been in my shoes you'd know how it feels sometimes.

A possible equivalent is the Cantonese word "gweilo" or "kwailo" (Foreign Devil or Foreign Ghost-Person) vs. the more polite "saiyahn" (Westerner) or the Mandarin "waiguoren" (Foreign Country Person).

Or better yet, the Hawaiian word "haole". Termed for any white people outside of the Hawaiian islands, it literally means "white pig." I'm a "happa-haole" because I'm only half.
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2003-05-18 09:56 pm (UTC)

Sorry if I offended...

I actually was aware of most of that (except I hadn't heard "haffu" before). Although, I wasn't aware of any personal experience you had had with these terms...

I was actually going for humor in that post. I hadn't realized I was going to set off a rant. Again, sorry if I offended in any way...

Kurt
is a stupid cracker sometimes...
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[User Picture]From: tommyomega
2003-05-18 10:32 pm (UTC)

Re: Sorry if I offended...

Wasn't offended by you (or your post), it's the idea of "gaijin" still in the mainstream wordage as something acceptable. Even the Japansese government is trying to change the old ways of xenophobia.

Heck, "Haffu" can also be a disparaging term depending on how you look at it. "Half Japanese," for short.
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[User Picture]From: shironiku
2003-05-19 12:08 am (UTC)
Tommy's just upset you didn't ask for the thong.....
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[User Picture]From: tommyomega
2003-05-19 02:50 am (UTC)

damn gaijin (j/k)

That and the Anjin-san bathrobe
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