Over on the British Jazz website, there was recently a very heated exchange about the expression 'Jap.' (as in Jap. import) and its offensiveness. But then they're like that over there - hairy, worthy and lots of time on their hands. Naturally, no Japanese people got involved. Too cool to worry about it.
PC-ness gone mad !!
Should I be ashamed to have the Jap-Hip-Jazz LP ??
yeah i had thought it kinda dodgy but given that the term had the suffix of 'are cool' i thought it ok. plus as a long time admirer of japanese culture and a student of the martial arts i felt it even more ok.Originally Posted by ginghamkitchen
Yes, it could have all been very different if your post was titled '...are wankers'.
Although I'm sure you could have found some grainy footage on the interweb to illustrate your point.
Let's just take a moment to list what the Japanese have given the world to show our total lack of xenophobia:
Domo arigato for --
'Branded To Kill' / 'Tokyo Drifter'
Puffy Ami Yumi
Fantastically packaged jazz / soft pop / psych LPs
What more do you need to know?
Well I was told by a japanese friend that 'jap' does have negative connotations. Its not up there with the n word but to some people it can have the same impact. So use with care.
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The word has also upset a few of the soul strut lot, they’ve had lengthy arguments about it before.
Myself, I use the word on the occasion but would be sure to stop it if somebody was offend, as of yet nobody has seemed to care.
it's much more of a derogatory term in the US (since WW2, i assume), so be careful about offending people/Soulstrutters. in the UK it just seems to be used as a shortening, like 'Brit' and so on...
you probably could argue that any of these slang terms (including Brit) are slightly offensive because they show a lack of respect, whatever the history of usage...
(and what about 'gaijin'? )