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Baye McNeil
For Baye McNeil's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / BLACK EYE
Jun 18, 2017
Japan? The land of opportunity? Really?
The most common question you'll likely be asked upon making a new Japanese acquaintance is "Why did you come to Japan?" In 13 years here I've been asked this question by our hosts hundreds of times.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / BLACK EYE
May 21, 2017
Having trouble wrapping your head around Japan? Help with mental health is at hand
Black Eye speaks with professionals trained to offer guidance to those struggling to cope with a new environment.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / BLACK EYE
Apr 16, 2017
Architect builds bridges between the Congo and Kansai
With an otaku's giddiness, Baye McNeil speaks with Nsenda Lukumwena, an authority on Japanese buildings and head of an architectural firm in Kobe.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / BLACK EYE
Mar 19, 2017
Black Women in Japan group gears up for its first big bash
Back in the summer of 2015, I did a series of articles where I profiled black women married to Japanese men, discussing the highs and lows of building and maintaining such relationships, as well as the rewards and challenges of raising biracial children here in Japan.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / BLACK EYE
Feb 19, 2017
For African-American ‘idol’ Amina du Jean, difference is a double-edged sword
Amina du Jean been in Japan for only 2u00bd years, but in that time has become a bona fide idol, joined a J-idol group and even branched off into a bit of gravure (bikini) modeling.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / BLACK EYE
Jan 22, 2017
Meet the man who gets frisked by the Tokyo police five times a year
"Am I the only one who gets frisked five times a year?" was a question posed on Facebook by a black man living in Tokyo last year, as he related the harassment he's received at the hands of Tokyo's finest over the years.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / BLACK EYE
Dec 18, 2016
A 'Big Bang' in the ring kicks it old school in Japan
American 'joshi puroresu' follows her dreams and finds fresh challenges in the 'mecca of wrestling'
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / BLACK EYE
Nov 20, 2016
We Americans are 'baka' but we ain't that baka ... ?
After the euphoria of Barack Obama's tenure, it's back to politics as usual — but at least Donald Trump's open about his racism.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / BLACK EYE
Oct 16, 2016
Dancing from Dakar to Tokyo, my brother Baye
Abdou Baye Fall, who used to dance in exchange for fish in Dakar, now travels the length and breadth of Japan teaching children about the cultures of Senegal.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / BLACK EYE
Sep 18, 2016
Londoner finds her voice on the Tokyo stage
Originally setting out to be a Japanese voice actress, Reina has arrived at a destination she had not foreseen, a place where outside voices are rarely heard.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / BLACK EYE
Aug 14, 2016
After 30 years in Japan, teacher from Zambia is still learning
Globe-trotting son of Zambian envoy thought he'd seen it all until he arrived on these shores.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives
Jul 17, 2016
Feeling despair from a distance as black lives taken
"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it — always." — Mahatma Gandhi
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / BLACK EYE
Jun 19, 2016
Offering support — and floor space — to Japan's refugees
While the Japanese government continues to give asylum seekers the cold shoulder, one American church worker offers them a helping hand.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / BLACK EYE
May 15, 2016
Laid-back baker finds luck and love in Tokyo
Once shunned by his in-laws because of his race, father of four hopes to change minds in Japan, little by little.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
May 8, 2016
Soul music's icons bow down to King
In 2011, consummate music curator Questlove tweeted how impressed he was by the debut EP from Minneapolis-based soul trio King. And according to its members — twin sisters Paris and Amber Strother and their friend Anita Bias — the compliment took them from obscurity to fame "overnight."
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / BLACK EYE
Mar 20, 2016
Playwright brings voices of America's enslaved to the Tokyo stage
Follow-up show to an upcoming Huck Finn musical grapples with how to strike a balance between relating the true horror of slavery and telling the whole story.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives
Feb 21, 2016
In Japan, don't just celebrate black history, be black history
There are a number of annual celebrations of Black History Month here in Japan. I've attended dozens of them over the years. Have even spoken at several, and in fact will be speaking at one later this month. And more often than not, I'll be asked the question, "Why?"
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / BLACK EYE
Jan 17, 2016
'Being black can be more fun than being gay'
A look at the experience of two black men in the LGBT community in Tokyo, a "minority of a minority of a minority."
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / BLACK EYE
Dec 20, 2015
Celebrating success with catfish and cupcakes
A look at two power couples of African descent who have focused their skills, talents and wherewithal on introducing tastes of the West to Eastern palates.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / BLACK EYE
Nov 22, 2015
Bring back that Kobe feeling, 'cause it's gone, gone, gone
From the moment I stepped off the shinkansen at Shin-Kobe Station, I could feel a subtle difference between the Yokohama-Tokyo area and this city.

Longform

Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves