By Deane Barker

This is a Japanese term for “foreigner.” There’s debate as to whether it’s an insult or not (I imagine it could go both ways, depending on context or usage).

Why I Looked It Up

It came up in Neuromancer a lot, especially the early chapters set in Chiba City.


Added on

I’m reading Shogun by James Clavell, and it turns out the last book in his Asian Saga was named Gai-Jin (with the hyphen).

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