I’m curious about how countries with populations consisting largely of one race (eg Japan, Thailand, China, Korea(?)) view foreigners in their countries. I realize that’s a pretty broad question, but maybe it can be narrowed, or at least given a starting place, by the terminology used for foreigners. In my experience in Japan for instance, anyone who is not Japanese is a gaijin. This includes other Asians, although from what I’ve seen the Japanese are bad at telling Chinese and Koreans apart from Japanese (we call them stealth gaijin).
In another thread Siam Sam parenthetically translated farang as westerner. Before that, I had had a view of Thais using farang just as the Japanese use gaijin, but if it’s really only to refer to westerners then there’s a different sense of culture going on there. And maybe they have a different word for eastern foreigners. I don’t know.
My sense is that most cultures aren’t quite as insular as Japan. From what I’ve heard (though haven’t experienced firsthand), even native Japanese people who live abroad for several years are treated a little differently when they return.
So can people with foreign living experience weigh in on this? Is there a word to refer to foreigners in one of these countries, and to whom does it refer? How accepted are foreigners in the country? Anything else germane to my poorly-explained question?
ETA: Ah hell, this looks a lot more like a request for opinions and experiences than I had originally envisioned it. Maybe it’d be better in IMHO? Sorry about that…