Blog-post by Mark Makino – on the Japanese term: “Gaikoku-Jin” which translates: “Outsider-foreigner”
Mark Makino‘s post on the embedded aspects of race, nation, colonialism, and Japanese identity in the term: Gaikoku-Jin (Outsider-Foreigner):
Foreign? Western? White? Non-Japanese? Occidental proboscis monsters?
The link I comment on in this post, is to a site called Transracial Abductees: A Critique of Intercountry Adoption (link at the end of this commentary). It is a particular perspective and gaze, a big-picture gaze, a gaze that includes histories of hierarchy in the global economy, global culture. It raises the question of transracial adoption and its effects.
Thailand mirrors many of the same phenomenon happening around much of Asia, related to US and European globalization/colonization histories in relation to colorism, Blackness and Whiteness.
Please visit her great site. She is Black-Okinawan, and one of the great up and coming scholars of Okinawan and Black-Okinawan identity, racism, gender and sexism, militarism, and the Black Pacific.