• Zushi, Kanagawa

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In Japan, I have occasionally been referred to politely as “gaijin-san” by Japanese people talking about me to each other, but no one has ever said anything like “Hey, gaijin, come over here” — which I would consider rude and possibly racist. In Tahiti, though, it is not unusual to hear locals address foreigners directly as “Popaa,” since there are no Tahitian words for “Sir,” “Madam” or “Miss.” It would be a mistake to react negatively to it.

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