The delicate art of Japanese Ebonics

Japan is a competitive culture. And economists predict that, in the future, whoever controls the supply of African-American vernacular will control the world. Therefore, the Japanese have taken steps to educate their young in that rapidly expanding field: Ebonics.

Funny thing is, I think white film agents are using this same textbook. One of them accosted me the other day with "playa playa show me some love." Definitely sounded as if it had been translated from Japanese.

So that’s your anthropology lesson for the day. Office hours are, as always, never.

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  • t3hdow

    First of all, the hyperlink’s a bit flawed. Take off the at the end if you can’t access it.
    Anyway, that is the most wtf worthy thing I’ve seen all day. I’m speechless…and yes, for the record, I’m black. I shouldn’t be surrpised though, considering the japanese’s cultural ignorance.
    For more weirdness involving the japanese, read this:

  • Ep Sato

    Scott, them fools need to read EW’s popwatch, yo! Much as my comments got plenty of ebonization in them, I can’t match the subtle inclusions of words and phrases like “yo; holla back, on the real, off the hook”, and “in the hizzy”, which are frequently found in the musings of everyone from hipster Mickey O’connor to Gary Susman (Sus, I loves ya and just pick on ju ‘cuz ju my fave, meng).
    However, I question the concept of teaching ebonics as a separate language. If you consider Patwa or Cockney to be separate languages, then Ebonics is not English. IMHO, English is a language made for evolution and that there is no “set” way to speak it. Certain words with roots in the African American community get used today by writers and even the President (Bush once apologized to a reporter for “dissing” him), thus our language evolves within itself even without outside influence. So, Japanese teachers need to focus on American popular culture and the way our language is rarely, if ever, stagnant. Aww yeah!

  • Aramis

    Ep Sato, four “words”:
    Once again, I feel the need to not respond because you’ve said what I was thinking. From my brain to your fingertips. Good on ya.

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