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What it can be like to be black in Japan

By alexmwambwa • 2 weeks ago • 1867 views • 689 comments

Born With It”, a short film by American director Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr., tells the story of Keisuke Fujii, a young boy who has changed schools after his mother has moved from Tokyo to take up a new job in the countryside. The boy, who is black and Japanese, must endure and somehow learn, own his own, how to deal with the racist taunts of his new classmates.

Osei-Kuffour's short film was originally released in 2015, but has recently seen a resurgence of interest following a June 2020 joint screening held by New York City's Japan Society and the Japan-American Society of Houston.

Osei-Kuffour has worked as a filmmakerin Singapore and Japan, and is now based in the United States. The film's lead is played by Japanese native Dadie Takagasugi, whose mother is Japanese and father is Ghanaian. In interviews, Osei-Kuffour has said he got his idea for “Born With It” after experiencing racism as a graduate student in Singapore, but he says he also based the character of Keisuke on conversations he had with Japanese friends with black heritage and their experiences growing up in Japan.

“I hope that my film will help those that are different feel less isolated and more confident in their uniqueness,” said Osei-Kuffour in an interview shortly after the film's release.

Other short films by Osei-Kuffour are available to watch online, including “The First Time” and “When Doors Open.” “Born With It” can be viewed in its entirety on Vimeo.

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    Thanks for sharing this information.

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    I didn't know Japan is racist till today sad but we are one people and one love for all

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    Celebrity 😁

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    I didn't know Japan is racist till today, ba primes international thanks for sharing this information with us 

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    Thanks for the blog

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    This movie sounds really interesting. 

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    interesting 

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    Racism is a serious issue that a lot of races face not just black people.

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    This is racism... Racism is everywhere... What do you think of blacks ey?? 

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    Interesting

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    really something else

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    That's sad better I just stay here in Africa 

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    It's so sad that racism is everywhere

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    It's not easy

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    Interesting film

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    Thanks for sharing

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    Thank you for sharing

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    Sad

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    i wonder why people even think of going to settle in another country

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    based the character of Keisuke on conversations he had with Japanese friends with black heritage and their experiences growing up in Japan.

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    Thanks for the info

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    Eish

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    Amazing story.........now he just has to over come racistism 

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    I'm unable to understand how some counties are racists and yet us ndwi receiving foreigners and giving them land 

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    Hmmm will racism ever end in this world??  Anyways I need to watch this.

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    I didn't know Japan is racist till today, ba primes international thanks for sharing this information with us

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    We need more people like him who can use initiative to help tackle racism issues

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    Wow alryt

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    mother has moved from Tokyo to take up a new job in the countryside. The boy, who is black and Japanese, must endure and somehow learn,  

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    Thanks for sharing

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    Following closely thanks for the update 

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    following

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    Informative 

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    So sad

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    Racism must come to an end 😢

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    They are also racist

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    Thanks for the information

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    Interesting movie

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    This is interesting 

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    whose mother is Japanese and father is Ghanaian. In interviews, Osei-Kuffour has said he 

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    Am sure japrnse are better than Americans when it comes to descrimation 

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    not fine at all

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    born with it,sounds like a good one

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     hey this is a good thing of all important information given

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    Thanks for sharing 

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    Great firm

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    FOLLOWING 

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    This is very interesting and important information to be aware of. Thanks for sharing

    Stay blessed

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    sounds like a good movie. i would like to see it some day

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    Wow 

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    Thnx for the update 

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    THanns so much for this 

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    It's not easy when you are racially abused

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    Will look out for the film.

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    Thanks for sharing

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    We are one people whether Japanese or Ghanaian. Thanks for the information. Following closely

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    feel less isolated from the others.... Can't wait to see the film

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    That's sad . Really sad. 

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    nice

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    This is sad that racism is also in Japan tganks for sharing this information 

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    Thanks for sharing 

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    Living in a country that not originally your own is some type of pressure.. You need to tolerate the racism and all.. But it's hard

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    Its sad

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    Thanks alot for the infor,mation 

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    Following 

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