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Posted in Fashion Forensics, Forensics with tags , , on December 16, 2008 by kevinlim1984
His shirt reads, “I want a Japanese girlfriend”

Japanese culture is popular in North America.  I don’t need to make this list but I will anyways: Sushi, Anim/Manga, Porn, Miike Takashi, Samurais, Ninjas, Teaching in English in Japan, J-Pop, etc. The list is exhaustive.

As a person with ties to Japan, I do find sometimes the obsession disconcerting.  I could go on and on as to what harm racial/ethnic fetishes may pose (i.e.: racially motivated rape) but I am limiting this post to the unease I feel particularly with this shirt.

Some questions I would like to ask this guy:

>>Why make this be known?
>>Is this something to be proud of?
>>Who are you intending it to be read by?
>>Are you hoping to ‘get’ a Japanese girlfriend by wearing this shirt?
>>Do you not think it could be offensive to some?