Are you a white guy? Now Write Your Own Bad Expat Novel Set In Japan! Here’s how

Spare a thought for Western Man Trapped in Japan.

In Japan, it’s a familiar refrain: “Men have it easy — especially foreigners. They are males in a highly conservative patriarchal society, so they enjoy all the benefits: status, money, career. On top of that, foreigners often attract a lot of Japanese girls.

“These Western men do not really have to learn the language or try to fit in. Their Japanese girlfriends or wives will take care of the majority of things for them. Their careers, especially teaching ones, also may not require Japanese proficiency. They are never subjected to sexual harassment, abuse or sexism.” But is this the full story?.……

It’s not the full story and this legendary article above chock full of whining anecdotes of cultural oppression (overly complimented on chopstick usage etc) by white guys ‘trapped’ in Japan has a lot of unintentional humour. In many ways, it almost seems like a parody of our parody of Charisma Man. However, it also has all the elements of sub-par expat-white-guy-in-Japan fiction and/or memoir.

It’s inspired us– inspired us to start our own collective Japan Subculture Research Center original novel. Your contributions are welcome! Together we can build …continue reading