105 minutes | Jul 31st 2020

Episode 332: Japan Top 10 Cultures #13: Influences from Black Japanese Musicians/Entertainers

Join Ethel and Andy as they examine and discuss the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement in Japan. and celebrate the unique contribution that Japanese artists of Black heritage have made to Japanese popular culture.

 

Scripted & Quality Assured by: Dean

Hosted by: Andy & Ethel

Audio edited & Uploaded by: Johnson


Reference List for Information from the Episode:

Influences of African-American or Black Music in Japan:

Black History in Japanese City Pop. (2019). Retrieved from https://www.reddit.com/r/citypop/comments/d4bk0g/black_history_in_japanese_city_pop/Jarenwattananon, P. (2014). How Japan Came To Love Jazz. Retrieved from https://www.npr.org/sections/ablogsupreme/2014/04/30/308275726/how-japan-came-to-love-jazzKatz, D. (2014). War ina Tokyo: the curious world of Japan’s reggae scene. Retrieved from https://www.factmag.com/2014/11/24/war-ina-tokyo-the-curious-world-of-japans-reggae-scene/Nunez, I. (2018). Yellow Magic Orchestra go big and go home. Retrieved from https://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2018/11/22/music/40th-anniversary-ymos-debut-album-revisit-hippest-trip-america/#.XyLzR_gzY1I


Black Lives Matter Movement in Japan:

Labadan, A. (2020). The language of Black Lives Matter in Japanese. Retrieved from https://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2020/06/30/language/black-lives-matter-japanese/#.XyMFKfgzY1IMcNeil, B. (2019). The push for change in the 2010s: The first step is recognizing the problem. Retrieved from https://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2019/12/16/our-lives/push-change-2010s-first-step-recognizing-problem/#.XyMFJPgzY1JMcNeil, B. (2020). ‘No justice, no peace’: The sentiment that resonates in America, Japan and all over the world. Retrieved from https://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2020/06/10/our-lives/media-racism-black-lives-matter/#.XyMFH_gzY1JTakahashi, R. (2020). Black Lives Matter spreads to Tokyo as 3,500 people march to protest racism. Retrieved from https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/06/14/national/black-lives-matter-spreads-tokyo-2000-people-march-protest-racism/#.Xx56LVX7TcsRich, M. & Hida, H. (2020). In Japan, the Message of Anti-Racism Protests Failts to Hit Home. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/01/world/asia/japan-racism-black-lives-matter.htmlStanislaus, W. A. & Alabi, S. (2020). Black in Japan: Shifting the Narrative. Retrieved from https://www.nippon.com/en/in-depth/d00591/


Racism in Japan:

Lee, K. (2015). Japan’s blackface problem: the country’s bizarre, troubled relationship with race. Retrieved from https://www.vox.com/2015/3/17/8230783/japan-racism-blackfaceMcNeil, B. (2018). Time for Japan to scrub off that blackface – for good. Retrieved from https://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2018/01/10/our-lives/time-japan-scrub-off-blackface-good/#.XyMHp_gzbL8Russell, J. G. (2018). Face the reality of racism in Japan. Retrieved from https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2018/06/03/commentary/japan-commentary/face-reality-racism-japan/#.XyMHsvgzbL8


List of Half-Black or Black Celebrities/Entertainers in Japan:

·     Crystal Kay: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_Kay

·     Thelma Aoyama: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thelma_Aoyama

·     Jero: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jero

·     Chris Hart: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Hart_(musician)

·     NESMITH: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nesmith_(singer)

·     Naomi Osaka: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naomi_Osaka

·     Anthony, one-half of comedy duo Matenrou: https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%9E%E3%83%86%E3%83%B3%E3%83%AD%E3%82%A6

·     Ariana Miyamoto, Miss Universe Japan 2015: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariana_Miyamoto

·     Ike Nwala: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/7xwa99/meet-the-black-comedian-who-has-become-japans-most-unlikely-star


Video Resources:

Capo. (2020, February 6). Life of a Half Japanese Comedian in Tokyo | Half Black with Japanese Parents ft. Anthony [Video]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/80jSGl7IJkcCapo. (2019, June 19). Japanese is My Native Language | Born and Raised in Ibaraki (Countryside Japan) ft. Tiffany [Video]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/kB8Ekc6jMLEAsian Boss. (2019, August 31). Life As Half Black Japanese High School Girl | THE VOICELESS #18 [Video]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/7hXTPHrcs9YThe Black Experience Japan. (2018, December 23). “Don’t Come To Tokyo…” (Black In Japan) | MFiles [Video]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/srXYLdW15sMChocolate Geisha’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1HIFtXu6yc0Mo6SpX95fSw/videos



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