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59 Ways to Tell if You’re a Gaijin, not a Gaikokujin

Written in September 2009, the original 59 ways to tell if you are a cynical gaijin or a newbie  gaijinkokujin in Japan. Readers quickly pointed out bias toward a middle-aged male, American nikkei-from-LA, elitist, snobbish perspective. It’s undeniably got a cynical tone, an American attitude, and Tokyo-centricity. Readers were also great about offering tips and new lines – the best was “you start stereotyping gaijin like Japanese do.” The immediate feedback is very helpful in focusing on the underlying drivers of humor: absurdity, duplicity, incongruity, bias, and perception.

Another 59 Ways to Tell if You’re a Gaijin

Incorporating a wider perspective on what it means to be a gaijin in Japan, this list includes contributions from readers, as well as new perspectives on the different types of gaijin personalities you may encounter if you live here long enough.

2 Comments

  1. Did you know Kelly is interested in becoming a fellow IG? I’m sure that’s in the back K&K’s minds, too.

  2. What about 59 Ways to tell you are a Gaijin-san?


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  1. […] February 25, 2010 in Uncategorized Reposted with permission from a fabulous blog: Invisible Gaijin […]

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