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Re: Words

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Thursday, September 7, 2000, 14:25
Raymond Brown wrote:

> When I was young "foreigner" was used much more democratically - it simply > meant 'someone not born & bred in our village' irrespective or ethicity, > skin color, religion, language, economic status etc etc ;)
Such, indeed, is the term "gaijin": there are Japanese and there are gaijin, period. Which is not to say that there is no discrimination *within* Japanese society: there is one group, though outwardly indistinguishable (its members can "pass" if they are careful) who are treated as second-class (or 47th-class) socially. -- There is / one art || John Cowan <jcowan@...> no more / no less || to do / all things || with art- / lessness \\ -- Piet Hein