Life moves at you fast

VDARE.com, January 8th:

A question that is absurd on its face: Can you, a white or black man, an American or an African, “become Japanese?” Answer: Of course not. To be Japanese is to be of Japanese blood and raised in Japan, with its language, cuisine and other markers of Japanese culture. Why? Because the Japanese say so. So why can’t Americans say so?
Gwen Stefani, January 10th:
"That was my Japanese influence and that was a culture that was so rich with tradition, yet so futuristic [with] so much attention to art and detail and discipline and it was fascinating to me," she said, explaining how her father (who is Italian American) would return with stories of street performers cosplaying as Elvis and stylish women with colorful hair. Then, as an adult, she was able to travel to Harajuku to see them herself. "I said, 'My God, I'm Japanese and I didn't know it.'" As those words seemed to hang in the air between us, she continued, "I am, you know."

Okay they aren't complete equivalents: the VDARE article is about a Chinese YouTuber who seems to think it's vitally important that Japan remains wholly ethnically owned by the Japanese a tiny subset of the Japanese who are now considered the "indigenous" population.

His documentary meant to say that non-Japanese migration to Japan is good for the country, but his execution proved quite otherwise. He permitted his interview subjects to speak candidly, and to say that almost no one—refugee, immigrant, naturalized foreigner, ethnic foreigner born in Japan, ethnic Japanese born abroad, or hafu, a half-Japanese person—thought he was really Japanese. Nor do the Japanese think that.

But let’s start with Lam and his background. He’s Chinese on his father’s side and a mix of White and non-White on his mother’s. Clearly not of real Canadian stock from the Motherland, Lam brings in Justin Trudeau to burble the current Diversity nonsense, which completely ignores Canadian history and culture and its origins in France and England. Despite French settlement and the strong Francophone influence even today, Canada was throughout its history, until the last 20 years thanks to mass immigration, the most English of colonies. Scottish regiments are in its military, places have English names, and the population is predominantly English.

Lam—quite typically for a Chinese ethnic—seems to think that white or English culture don’t exist, though he lived most of his life in an English-speaking and culturally English country. Just go to Vancouver, BC. It is overrun with Hong Kongers and Mainland Chinese who consider Canada a condominium or convenient way station. They, like Lam, think that Canada must be “diverse” despite its history, its specific and majority ethnic composition, and its connection to the Mother Country.

Meanwhile Gwen Stefani is basically saying that she has become culturally Japanese.
She then explained that there is "innocence" to her relationship with Japanese culture, referring to herself as a "super fan."

"If [people are] going to criticize me for being a fan of something beautiful and sharing that, then I just think that doesn't feel right," she told me. "I think it was a beautiful time of creativity… a time of the ping-pong match between Harajuku culture and American culture." She elaborated further: "[It] should be okay to be inspired by other cultures because if we're not allowed then that's dividing people, right?"

It’s a sentiment similar to one Stefani shared with Paper magazine in May 2021, when asked for her current perspective on her "Harajuku Girls": "If we didn't buy and sell and trade our cultures in, we wouldn't have so much beauty, you know? We learn from each other, we share from each other, we grow from each other. And all these rules are just dividing us more and more."

Of course, being a woke SJW, Allure's interviewer Jesa Marie Calaor immediately had to editorialize say blah blah blah victim of hate (ignoring of course that its only niggers who are acting upon it) yammer yammer cultural appropriation only applies to whites because unequal power dynamics (ignoring of course that said dynamics don't actually exist) and dear God the interview with Gwen Stefani turned into an endless whinefest.

Hilariously of course many have noticed that yet again the people who insist you can become a woman once you stick your dick between your legs and wear a bra also insist you can't possibly "be" or even to use Stefani's terminology "be a superfan of" if you're the wrong skin colour. Presumably if Stefani moved to Nagano she could literally become Japanese, notwithstanding the key issue VDARE identified at the top of this post.

Bonus dumb asian bimbo: I would Sookfong both Jen and Gwen until they tired out and couldn't Sookfong no more (but only in one case would I brag about it).