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Watch A Mini-Doc About Japan’s “Chicanos”

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“Mexicans and Japanese have a closeness.”

“Chicano,” a new mini-doc by filmmakers Louis Ellison and Jacob Hodgkinson, is less than 10 minutes long but it packs plenty of insight about a peculiar Japanese subculture: those who love Chicano gang culture. Japanese “Chicanos” emulate the ’90s-era looks of Los Angeles gang members (and their associates) to a tee, but this film reveals their attraction to the culture is far from superficial. One of the interviewees is Shin Miyata, the owner of Barrio Gold, a record label that distributes Chicano oldies and modern Chicano rap music. Miyara, who lived in Los Angeles briefly to see and experience the culture for himself, explains that in the ’90s, Lowrider magazine made its way out to Japan, exposing them to a new, exciting culture. Soon, people like Miyata became hungry to learn more not just about Chicano gang fashion, but the social conditions that helped create it. Some Japanese “Chicanos” did more than just adopt the style displayed by their American counterparts, they also began building lowriders, with an attention to detail — check out the Carl’s Jr at the 3:15 mark — that they believe is a hallmark of both Chicano and Japanese culture.


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This Hilarious 'Immigrant Or Real American' Quiz Makes A Great Point

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This Hilarious ‘Immigrant Or Real American’ Quiz Makes A Great Point

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“Jeffrey Dahmer?!” “Real American!” “Yes, Correct!”


Comedian Billy Eichner’s wry sense of humor shines on his TV series, “Billy On The Street,” where he spends most of his time jogging down the sidewalks of New York, quizzing passersby with random, often provocative questions. He’ll often bring a celebrity along with him to make things a little more fun, but his quizzes featuring everyday people are just as entertaining. Case in point: during one episode of “Billy On The Street,” Eichner grabbed a New Yorker named Kevin to play a quiz called “Immigrant or Real American?” If you listen closely to the questions, the message behind Eichner’s quiz becomes clear: immigrants are not inherently evil and, sometimes, “real Americans” can be dangerous.


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