Living While Black In Japan | All Things Considered | NPR

Living While Black In Japan | All Things Considered | NPR

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In the wake of the 2020 killing of George Floyd, African-Americans and others mounted ongoing street protests.

But African-Americans living abroad felt the anguish as profoundly as their families and friends back “home.”

Some have chosen to live in Japan, one of the most homogeneous nations in the world. Despite being in a smaller minority in Japan than in their home country, they express feelings of safety and freedom.

Yet, racism in the U.S. still plays a role in their lives. In this short film, several African-Americans living in Japan discuss how their encounters with police and racism in the U.S. played into their decision to live abroad and how leaving the U.S. changed their perceptions of who they are and their connection to the country of their birth.

FEATURING
Rivonne Moore; Henry Moreland Seals; Tamru Grant; Ebony Bowens; LaTanya Whitaker; Tyrone Jones II

CREDITS
Director/Producer/Cinematographer: Shiho Fukada, Keith Bedford; Editor: Shiho Fukada; Consulting Editor: Marlo Poras; Supervising Producer: Nicole Werbeck; Video Producer: Nikki Birch; Executive Producer: Keith Jenkins; Audio Engineer: James Willetts; Subtitles by Renee Klahr; James Baldwin footage (1963) provided by CriticalPast; Data on shooting deaths as of August 8, 2021, provided by Mapping Police Violence

Waking + Time + Minako Honda Kaze No Uta

I went to bed too late and I had to wake up for a dentist appointment in the morning out of town, so I did not get enough sleep, and I forgot most of my dreams.

I remember waking up several times to check the time and go back to sleep, during this time I had dreams connected with me keeping track of the time so that I would not oversleep, and so that I could wake up and get ready for my dentist appointment.

A Strange Test At An African Immigration Office?

Dream 1

All that I can remember of this dream is that it took place during the day, and I was outside near a park when several other people and I found a lake.

We started fishing, and at some point some children with light-color skin from the countryside approached me.

The children told me that some people they did not recognize were fishing in a pond across the street on private (posted) property.

I wondered if this lake was private property too, but that is all that I can remember of this dream.

Dream 2

All that I can remember of this dream is that it was maybe evening, and I went inside The E House.

In the hallway by the kitchen my male cousin ME was there with a woman, it seemed that they were finishing having sex, but I could be wrong.

We briefly talked, then they left, and as I was about to leave my male cousin DE entered the house acting unstable and talking about cleaning the house.

DE would not leave, and so I walked to my parents house and I told my mom; and then my mom called someone.

I then walked back to The E House to see if I could lock DE out of the house, but when I opened the door he was still inside messing up the place by putting things by the door and he had taken the door of its hinges.

DE was talking to himself and was definitely unstable, then he went outside, and I did not see him; and so I climbed on the roof to hide, and look around for him.

At some point I realized that maybe the police or someone else would be coming soon because my mom had called someone, and so I needed to quickly clean up the house and lock it to avoid getting partly blamed for DE getting inside in the first place.

I went to jump down but it was higher than I thought, and so I used a combination of climbing and jumping and I reached the ground but I woke up.

Dream 3

This dream took place during the day, I went inside a building, and there was a man and woman with light-color skin working there who were working for the state government.

They started to perform a graduation ceremony for me, I am not sure for what though, and at some point they paused the ceremony because they had to ask me a question.

The question was whether I wanted to pay into a state health insurance plan or not, I knew nothing about this plan, and so I tried to learn more about it before making a decision; but that is all that I can remember of this dream.

Nap

After work I took a nap on the living room couch, I had several dreams, but I only recorded part of the end of my last dream.

This dream lacks context, and so it is pretty unclear; but it was possibly inspired by me watching this YouTube video called Steve Harvey Discovers The Truth About Africa While Searching For A Home by the YouTube channel African Diaspora News Channel before going to sleep:

In the dream it was evening or night I think, I seemed to be somewhere in Africa standing outside among two long lines of mostly or only men and boys with medium-to-dark color skin, and we were by a courtyard outside a one-story building.

The courtyard had some benches and a few other things, we were possibly outside of an immigration building or something, but that is my wild guess because I can not remember the rest of the dream that led up to this.

At some point an African woman with dark-color skin with short black hair walked out of the building, maybe she was some kind of immigration officer/employee or something, but that is a wild guess.

The woman was mean and she ordered me inside the building and she probably pushed and pulled me inside while being mean to me, and she seemed to be throwing around her authority and like she liked to dominate people.

Inside the building there was a lobby with some female employees working behind glass, and there was an open window with no screen or glass that had stutters that could be closed to keep it closed.

The woman started ordering me around very meanly, she told me to take off my clothes, and some other commands.

I was not going to do this at first, I responded to her commands verbally but that failed, she seemed to have the power to determine whether you were allowed into the country or not or whatever this was about, and so I decided to try to play a long a bit.

The woman possibly started trying to take off my clothes, I was going to resist, but then I felt determined to see if I could survive her attempts at dominating and embarrassing and torturing me without letting it bother me much.

I am not sure if she took off my clothes or if I did or if it was a combination, either way I was naked at some point in the lobby, and she started ordering me around trying to embarrass and demean me after maybe briefly examining me; and I remember joking about it was nice that I was getting a free physical (which was me showing that I was going to resist letting this bother me).

She had me move around in the lobby maybe doing a few exercises, then climb out the window to the courtyard where the others could see me, and the entire time she was taunting me and demeaning me.

I stayed strong, I remember her trying to joke about my penis and I partly joked about it being cold and that it was partly still shriveled up after only recently taking my clothes off (which was true), and I said that it would return to normal size once I move around a bit and heat up a bit (which it did); and so that attempt by her failed.

Then a woman with light-color skin and a woman with dark-color skin sat on the bench in the courtyard, they did not see us, and the woman ordered me to move over to the bench behind them as she continued trying to embarrass and demean me.

Her attempts at demeaning, embarrassing, dominating, et cetera started to become a bit sexual in how she was approaching this as I continued to resist/survive to her surprise and delight; but those were my thoughts because she seemed to enjoy dominating someone who was naked and vulnerable.

I moved to the bench behind the two women, their backs were facing us so they did not notice that I was naked, and the woman ordering me around sat next to me.

We had a verbal exchange, she then made me do some jumping jacks or something, and at some point I started to laugh once I no longer felt worried about being naked.

I then started to have fun, and she started to have fun.

The woman then revealed that I had passed, this was a test or something, and it seemed that she was trying to help me overcome some fears of being vulnerable, naked, judged, et cetera.

She told me that she had been trying to help free me of those things et cetera and/or something like that, and I did indeed feel free now.

She was happy about me freeing myself of this and she stopped treating me badly, it even seemed that maybe she kind of liked me, and then I thanked her because I actually felt better now.

At this point it felt like this dream character was possibly my subconscious or just a dream character whose job had been to try to help me through this rough tough love kind of approach.

We walked back to the building, I saw some boys standing in line who had what looked like loincloths on, and I asked the woman about the loincloths because I felt like maybe wearing one a bit to test out my newfound comfort level of walking around mostly naked.

She started to explain what they were called, the various parts, and the history behind them in this unknown African country.

But I woke up as she explained this as I stood there still naked.

The end,

-John Jr

Converting Thoughts / Daydreams To Work?

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I got in bed late so I did not get much sleep.

Dream 1

My alarm woke me up and I went back to sleep to get a bit more sleep, but I was possibly partly awake because I did not want to oversleep for work.

Somehow my thoughts / daydreams / et cetera during this were somehow converted into a dream where somehow me or me as another man with light-color skin with dark hair was possibly at work at an office job sitting at a desk.

My thoughts / daydreams whatever running through my mind / the dream, and somehow I had to pick out some and do something that I can not remember with them as part of my job.

I possibly had to assign something to different ones but I can not remember, my mind was probably partly in the dream and partly in the real world and partly focused on the thoughts / daydreams running through my mind, and so this is all unclear.

That is all that I can remember of this dream.

Dream 2

This dream possibly involved me or me as someone else who was working at maybe an immigration job where maybe I had to decide who gets to enter the country et cetera as I went through applications for people applying for citizenship and maybe to visit / work in the country for extended periods of time.

But that is all that I can remember of this dream.

The end,

-John Jr