Im currently a high school student from the Chicago area who went on a two-week trip to Japan through our high school with some friends and two high schools in Japan. Im a fair-skinned Filipino-American and most of my friends that were with me were Caucasian, with the blonde hair and blue eyes . While in Japan, it felt as though I was "looked over" or not as important as the other students. I would walk around with one my hakujin friends and japanese students would run up to him and want a pic with him and jus kinda look at me funny. Im not really upset about this particular experience in Japan, but I wonder if im seen as less of an 'American'. I study Japanese and a I aspire to live/work in Japan someday. What is it like to be a westerner but not exactly 'appear' to be one?
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