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08 Nov Posted by in • Rachel Wahba | 8 comments

How I Got My Tan and Lost My Identity

How I Got My Tan and Lost My Identity

I was eighteen when I landed in Los Angeles International airport. And after a lifetime of being a brown-skinned “curombo,” (“darky”) in Japan, I turned white! Yes. Suddenly I was no longer a strange brown skinned gaigin (perjorative for foreigner.) My little brother and I spent our childhood as moving targets for the Japanese boys […]

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An Unlikely Clash of Culture

An Unlikely Clash of Culture

I came to live in the US some 25 years ago, in the earnest belief that there would be no racism in my new country; I believed that this America was the greatest and most free place on earth.  Clearly my impression stemmed from the context of an apartheid South Africa and an America subscribing to economic […]

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