From the Gutt
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From the Gutt

Am I an Expat or an Immigrant?

A close up of a landing permit issued by the Japanese government.

In Tokyo, where I live, almost none of the foreign friends I have refer to themselves as “immigrants.” The term immigrant has connotations of people from poorer countries, who had to come here under desperate circumstances.

And even though I have friends from places usually associated with the term, they would only call themself an “immigrant” with a sense of ironic commentary on the race and class biases that…

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