A gaikokujin tarento
also known as gaijin tarento
(外人タレント) and abbreviated gaitare
, is a foreign celebrity active exclusively or almost exclusively in Japan
. The phrase literally means "foreign talent" (see gaijin
). Having a good command of Japanese
, combined with European or other foreign looks, they are often chosen because they meet the Japanese stereotypes of foreigners (Americans
generally look rugged
and have blond hair and blue eyes, or, alternatively, are of African ancestry). Gaikokujin tarento
are seen as a curiosity by the Japanese, just as other tarento, and are cast differently depending on their ethnic persuasion.
Notable gaikokujin tarento
- Da Shan - individual representing a similar phenomenon in China
- Kevin Rudd - a politician representing a similar phenomenon among Chinese people and Chinese Australians
- Miller, Laura. "Crossing ethnolinguistic boundaries: A preliminary look at the gaijin tarento in Japan." In Asian Popular Culture, edited by John Lent, Westview Press, New York, pp. 162-173, 1995.