When I initially pitched Black Eye to The Japan Times, I explained to the editors that my objective was not only to share my own ideas about life on these lovely islands, but also to offer readers a wealth of perspectives, from people of many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds living here in Japan. The only other thing they’d have in common is being identified, either by themselves or others, as black.

The diversity of black ideas and ideals I’ve encountered since moving here has been far more varied than I’d expected to find in an Asian country, and I’m of a mind that the more that those inclined to pigeonhole by pigment know about this diversity, the better.

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