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what it's like to be black in japan

“But for a moment I felt what McNeil and DeVon must spend a lot of time grappling with: that feeling of being othered, of being reduced to, as the Japanese would say, a kokujin — just another black person, devoid of a personal narrative.”

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on labels and identity in south africa

“That’s how race usually works — unlike ethnicity or nationality, people wear their race on the outside, exposed — and whether your race is something you determine or something determined for you isn’t something I had ever really questioned.”

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The 8 most meaningful cities for Black travelers to visit in 2021

“We can divest from travel companies that have remained silent on the Black revolution and recognize that this signals their complicity in white supremacy.”

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“The nation has a long legacy of winter sports and activities, and their history of Alpine resorts dates back to the 19th century. Since then, the industry has only grown, improving vastly as interest rises.”

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“While her product is a series of travel guides, her overall onus is about changing the industry completely, and much of that is about diversifying the travel far beyond simple tokenization.”

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“In a world full of increasingly extensive skincare routines and heavily researched commercial products, it’s incredible that a product that’s produced nearly identically today as it was hundreds of years ago can be so effective.”

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“While international travel has been mired in restrictions and complications, these limitations also offer us an opportunity to visit some valuable places you may have never considered before.”

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“Whether you’re a serious car enthusiast or a casual fan, there are plenty of experiences available for tourists to Germany. From exquisite auto museums to unique tours, there is no other country more suited to fulfilling the whims of motorheads everywhere.”

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“But the nation’s long coastlines also provide some incredible and often overlooked beach destinations that offer lush resorts, bohemian bungalow camps, and some of the world’s best diving.”

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“Japanese chefs commonly apprentice for years before taking command in the kitchen, and this attention to detail is reflected in the fare, particularly in Tokyo, where culinary traditions have been simmering for hundreds of years.”

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“Not every destination is as tolerant to everyone across the spectrum, and if you identify as LGBTQ+ and as a POC, particularly if you’re Black, ensuring your comfort abroad isn’t as simple as checking a single guidebook.”

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“It’s time to ally ourselves with the folks who stand with us in solidarity and to find common ground from which we can continue to build. Because after a year so many of us were forced to spend in isolation, 2021 should be the year we come together.”

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“Where else would I be?” I answer cheekily, but the truth is that I’m just as likely to be in Tokyo as anywhere else. I was in Shanghai yesterday, Chicago the week before, Rio the month before that.”

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“Typically, residents of Lisbon eschew the hustle and bustle mentality of typical large European cities, so if you’re ready for a break from the rat-race, Lisboetas are ready to show you the light.”

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“Though for some the goal of a 2021 open was planned from inception, many of these facilities were directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, halting construction efforts, installations, and projects for several months.”

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“This is the gap that street artists have traditionally filled: Their work is literally in public places, and the subject matter is traditionally — though not exclusively — selected with the layperson in mind.”

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“While the travel industry is still expanding to allow for and embrace Black travelers and Black travel entrepreneurs, there are still plenty of choices for your resort season jaunt in a Black-owned resort.”

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“Luckily, lots of new manufacturers have jumped on the bandwagon, creating unique styles with clever features. Even some of your favorite legacy brands and designers are producing face masks to match or complement their other products.”

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“Whether you’re planning an annual trip with the family, looking forward to relaxing with friends, or want to enjoy a quintessential white Christmas, you’re bound to find a few resorts that intrigue you here.”

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“Even though Black travel is a multibillion-dollar industry, we’re still not finding a huge range of travel accessories tailored specifically to this market.”

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“Perched on the shores of Boston Harbor in eastern Massachusetts, this New England town has beautiful ivy-strewn architecture, a frosty snowy climate, and excellent food – basically, all the trappings you could possibly want in a perfect holiday destination.”

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“While you’ve probably heard of the megalopoli like Dallas and Houston, Texas is massive and has much more to offer. Bordering both the country and Gulf of Mexico, Texas is home to many individual communities and cultures that deserve a closer look.”

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“Whatever a holiday may mean to you – be it a way to relax or have an adventure – there are plenty of options for you to get away and still feel safe. If you don’t know where to start, here are seven alternative ways to get out and about, even during the pandemic.”

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“In some ways, Istanbul sits in the middle of the world. Situated so that it straddles two continents – Europe and Asia – it embodies a mix of Western and Eastern cultures. It’s also an extremely popular, and sometimes expensive, place.”

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“Istanbul has long been an incredibly international city, and because it has changed hands, ideologies, and governments so many times in its long and storied history, it has built a varied and exemplary culinary tradition.”

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“As the largest city in South Africa, Johannesburg simply shouldn’t be missed. Those intent on merely transferring flights at JNB won’t get to experience the unique culture and appeal of this lively, creative metropolis.”

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“The ultimate goals are threefold: to restore the manuscripts and devise methods to prevent further harm, remove the threat of insurgency in Northern Mali, and return these artifacts to their rightful home in Timbuktu.”

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“What many have seen as the ignorance to the trauma that Black people have faced seems more like the acceptance of and commitment to Afrofuturism, which Beyoncé, now clearly a multi-disciplinary artist, seems unlikely to steer from going forward in her career.”

Essay

“The resulting concoction was the precursor to the modern gin and tonic: part cocktail, part medicament, The G&T turned out to be the key to the colonization of South Asia by the British.”

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“Since Macron’s statement, other nations and collectors have begun more critically analyzing their own cultural holdings to see if they stand up to our contemporary understanding of ethical ownership.”

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“So if you’ve never traveled by train, this is the perfect year to treat yourself to a new kind of journey. “Getting there” is often seen as merely a means to an end, but a voyage made by rail becomes part of the adventure.”

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“Though Juneteenth could offer all of us a respite from this taxing revolution, it also serves as a reminder of how changes in American federal policy don’t always translate into tangible changes in our communities.”

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“Americans flooded the streets with their cries promising no peace without justice, proving that they would not tolerate your father’s death at the hands of the state under literally any circumstances.”

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“For those looking to infuse their trip to Africa with a bit more culture than your average vacation, here are eight fine examples of significant museums that black travelers especially will appreciate.”

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“Whether a locale is known for its unique produce, a rare spice, or a specific craft, traveling to the source to buy that oh-so-coveted item always feels like a truly singular experience.”

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“Whether you’ve never considered visiting deserts like the Kalahari or you didn’t know how cosmopolitan some African capitals are, there is a lot for tourists to enjoy on the continent that you may have never thought to explore.”

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“It makes some sense that at the confluence of two industries that tend to marginalize black and brown people — film and travel — that this would occur, but it doesn’t make it any more palatable to accept.”

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“Be it during apartheid in South Africa, in the maligned Chocolate City in Guangzhou, or within Jim Crow America, preventing black people from traveling has historically been used as a tool of oppression.”

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“We watched coronavirus travel around the world from a place of relative comfort; while new countries were lighting up on the map every morning signaling new infections, we stayed clear down here for much longer than most.”

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“Quarantine had grounded us all, but for those whose lives (and livelihoods) depend on getting on an airplane, it has been particularly hard. For us, it’s one thing to not be traveling, but to not be able to has taken a frustrating toll.”

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“With them lived their beloved cat Bili–a huge, aging orange tabby that the family doted upon immensely. Still, I wondered how it was possible that their precious Bili had managed to learn another language.”

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“If you have been previously unfamiliar with the work of black travel writers, you’re in for a treat: Black travel writers can offer a perspective on cross-culturalism that you may not find elsewhere.”

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“Does a secret design museum pique your interest? How about a music festival? Interested in perusing a historic or scenic bar? From the quirky to the cultural, Chicago has a ton to offer without spending a cent.”

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“Most tourist itineraries to Illinois begin and end with Chicago. As much as it is known for its rich history and superb architecture, fewer know that Chicago is also the gateway to an entire state filled with a diverse ecological landscape and interesting attractions.”

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“Though they didn’t get much coverage internationally, several large protests occurred in Gauteng in the wake of September’s attacks, all denouncing xenophobia, violence, and femicide.”

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“In an attempt to replicate what they’ve seen on social media, many are arriving to their dream destination only to find themselves wading through trash, navigating mobs of people, and waiting in oppressively long lines.”

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“Though normally associated with communist East Germany and the USSR, Brutalism flourished throughout the world as it presented an economical way to produce grand buildings.”

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“Black Americans still struggle to find access to the same avenues and institutions available to other Americans. We have been barred from homeownership, denied education, relegated to only certain professions.”

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“Here are a few places that would be perfect to travel to if you’re looking to connect with the black diaspora in 2020, from other major cities in Africa to cities in the US, Europe, and beyond.”