Black Passenger Yellow Cabs: Of Exile and Excess in Japan (英語) ペーパーバック – 2008/8/1
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Black Passenger Yellow Cabs is an erotic auto/ethnographic memoir exploring in easy lay person's terms the socio-psycho-sexual dynamics of Japan and the erotic capital of the Western male. An exploration of deviant behaviour in an "exotic land" and a journey from self-destruction to self-actualization.
If you're a person who believes that women should empower themselves against such exploitation, you will have nothing but contempt for most of the women portrayed in this book.
Whether you fall into either, both or neither of the above categories, you will continue to turn the pages of this book until the last, eager to know what happens to all of these people. The stories will pull you in, in spite of your value judgement. That pull is the power of good storytelling.
The main issue I had with this book had is an editorial one. There were two chapters that I thought were too long where others could have been expanded on more. However, this is an issue that can be ironed out with revision. A good first attempt.
Some of the stuff in it seemed unreal, I guess because my experience in Japan after nearly 2 years is a little far from what Stefhen experienced (I wish I had some of those experiences actually). I however see slight similarities with what he experienced and that of my own. Especially with his dilemma with Azusa and Shoko... However, unlike his case, the 2 girls basically ditched me (for 2 different reasons), never to be seen or heard from again (so far). None of them chose to stick around.
Since reading this book however, I have been having endless dreams of moving to the Kobe area. Stefhen's life has been some what of an encouragement to me, as much as we are on different sides of the fence, as I do believe in a creature in the Christian sense.
Great work Stefhen.
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