The Japan Times Profiles African-American Idol Amina du Jean

Amina du Jean, also known as Aminyan, is the first black idol in the Japanese entertainment industry. A native of Detroit, Michigan, United States, she loved Japanese culture as a child. She started taking private Japanese lesson when she was 12. She was also a fan of Japanese idol groups. She became interested in Harajuku fashion through Gwen Stefani’s “Harajuku Girls“.

Two and a half years ago, Amina moved to Japan to become an idol. She recently sat down with The Japan Times‘¬†Baye McNeil to discuss her career and several other topics such as cultural appropriation, the role of race in the Japanese entertainment industry, life in Japan as a black person, and idol culture.

The full piece can be read here.