Author Archives: Takuan Amaru

About Takuan Amaru

Takuan Amaru is an accomplished writer, teacher, public speaker, and youth advocate. He is the author of over 100 published articles ranging on such diverse topics as popular culture / music, ancient spirituality, and philosophy. Takuan borrows from his various experiences as a soldier, social worker, athlete, Hip Hop artist, and teacher to connect with readers on a very intimate level. He makes his home in Nagoya, Japan. For more information, please email him at takuanamaru@gmail.com or connect on Facebook. Website: http://afroasiatic.jp.

AfroAsiatic Perspectives 20: Japan or the USA? Take your Choice…

Takuan Amaru “I can’t believe the U.S. still condones (primitive ideals like) racism…it’s the 21st Century. What I mean to say is, in Japan we discarded out-of-date notions like racism decades ago!” ~this is what a 33-year-old Japanese salaryman said … Continue reading

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AfroAsiatic Perspectives 19: Are you a Second Class Citizen?

Takuan Amaru Takuan Amaru Many people are offended if Caucasians are referred to as “Cracka” or “Honky,” claiming these monikers are racist terms. But history demonstrates these words are based on class as much as race. After all everyone in … Continue reading

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AfroAsiatic Perspectives 18: Will the Real American Please Stand Up?

Takuan Amaru What does it mean to be “American?” When Japanese attempt to label me thus, I always reject the term because to them, being American means eating at fast food joints, wearing your shoes in the house, and growing … Continue reading

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AfroAsiatic Perspectives 17: Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Contribution…in 35 Years

Takuan Amaru “What I suffered physically was worth what I’ve accomplished in life. A man who is not courageous enough to take risks will never accomplish anything in life.” ~ Ali at a news conference on October 28, 1984 Exactly what … Continue reading

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AfroAsiatic Perspectives 16: From Bill to Bambaataa; Have Black Folks Completely Lost their Minds?

“Everything ebbs and flows. Civilizations climb, rise, then they decline… The Black Race is in a suspended state of retardation” ~Bro. Bobby Hemmitt For me, everything changed back in 1997 following the killings of Tupac and Biggie. After all that … Continue reading

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AfroAsiatic Perspectives15: Defining the 3 Types of Humans

Takuan Amaru Molecular anthropologists are often asked if DNA, bone marrow, or other markers can tell what “race” you are. Although some scientists claim there are a few distinguishing marks on our genes, most seem to agree the short answer … Continue reading

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AfroAsiatic Perspectives 14: Half Man…Half Amazing!

Takuan Amaru “Nas is like the Afrocentric Asian, half man…half amazing!” ~ lyrics by Nas, It Ain’t Hard to Tell In 2000, for the first time in history, the United States Census Bureau offered respondents the option of identifying themselves … Continue reading

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