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Black Passenger Yellow Cabs: Of Exile and Excess in Japan by [Bryan, Stefhen F.D., Suzette Burton, Shuji Goshomura, Sean Colquhoun]
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Formerly from The Denver Post, The Rocky Mountain News, The Phoenix Gazette Republic, The San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News, since early childhood, Jamaican born Stefhen Bryan was thought obsessed, plagued by depression, suicidal ideation, learning problems and sex addiction. High school drop out both in his native Jamaica and the United States, after 8 years of sheer perseverance and a near nervous breakdown he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from UCLA at 30. At 35 Bryan proved victorious over his depression and suicidal thoughts, but was still governed by sex addiction and an extreme preference for 'yellow,' which propelled him in April 2001 to liquidate all his belongings in California and relocate to Japan. Seven years in Asia, Bryan returned to the United States cured of his addiction, self-actualized and ready for marriage.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 973 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Kimama Press; 1 edition (29 Aug. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001F0RKXE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #398,765 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I had the fortune to randomly strike up a conversation with a stranger in a burger bar in LA, who turned out to be the author. He was kind enough to sign for me the last copy he had with him right there in the parking lot. He seemed to be an intelligent and funny guy who seamlessly sliped between American and English accents, Jamaican patois and fluent Japanese... that in itself was enough to interest me in reading this revealing book about his life.

And revealing it sure is, as a reviewer on Amazon.com said, you'll come away from this knowing more about Mr Bryans intimate thoughts and foibles than you will about most of your close friends. There was every opportunity for this to be just another braggadocios masculine romp through foreign lands but Mr Bryan sticks to a path of brutal honesty. This is no perfect alpha male or all conquering Lothario but an often confused and troubled man cataloguing a string of unique experiences in an attempt to understand himself and the cultures he meets in his journey from Jamaica to America to Japan. Laced in amongst the numerous sexual stories (some sad, some funny, some just plain odd) is much insightful and educational sociological writing and many well researched and often eye opening facts and figures.

Although some themes seem to be over-repeated, for instance we are left in no doubt about his endowment in the trouser department, these are obviously things that have effected him deeply and shaped his life experience. It never comes across as him 'boasting' about his size, rather various women keep commenting on it, to the point that it starts to become repetitive to both the author and reader.

On the down side I found the book to be a little confusing at times simply because of the number of female names that come and go!
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First, let's address the issue that has brought you all here: sex. With colorful language like, “The missile is specialized and can only be launched at the sight of 100% yellow”, Black Passenger, Yellow Cabs delivers on its promise to titillate the audience with the author's sexual exploits in an exotic land. However, long after you've finished reading, the lasting impact of Stefhen Bryan's erotic ethnographic memoir might have nothing to do with its depictions of sex.

Suicidal and stricken with an insatiable desire for Asian women, Bryan embarked on an excursion to Japan to indulge in all of his vices. What he discovered was that beneath the streets paved with a limitless supply of sexual conquests, was a cracked and damaged infrastructure that mirrored that of his very own. Many of the women detailed in the book were victims of molestation, neglect, and crippling social pressures. These were precisely the same factors that lead a young Bryan to immigrate from his homeland of Jamaica to the United States.

Bryan's criticism of the emotional immaturity of the Japanese can come across as patronizing, but that doesn't mean that he fails to point out his own lack of maturity. He refers to himself as an “international slacker” awash in a “candy land” where he is able to take a second stab at childhood. Judging by how he disposes of his playmates once he's had his fill, it would appear as though he is indeed a kid in a candy store. Still, the sobering reality of his irresponsible behavior strikes him with each and every abortion, forcing him to confront the heavy toll that they take on both he and his partners.
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As a black man living in Japan myself, I originally looked for a book that might know what I was feeling about this country. This book hit it on the head. It starts out as an erotic tale of his conquests but little by little, evolves into a deep look at a society that mass produces the kind of women that he encountered. Some may look at this book as an exaggeration, or that the author is simply boasting, but anyone who lives here and has experienced it first hand will know that it is nothing of the sort. It is just a very honest account of one man's experiences and the things he learned while living in Japan. I think that this book has to be told in the matter it was because keeping the two separated does not do any justice to any facet of the book. I'm also married to a Japanese woman, so after reading some of the opinions offered by the author, I asked my wife what she felt about those same points, thinking she would call me crazy for making the broad statements that are offered in the book. Instead, she could only nod her head in agreement, almost flabbergasted that I knew such a thing. It has been no secret that Japan is very weary of "gaijin" or foreigners in their homogenous society, with blacks holding an especially low spot in their social ladder. The women are also looked at to fulfill very specific roles, and are very afraid of change. As an American living in Japan, I initially thought there could be nothing wrong with this country. After living here for almost five years, having read this book, and having just about all of it confirmed, raising a half black and half Japanese daughter in Japan gives me second thoughts about living here long-term.Read more ›
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