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Weeaboo also know as Wapanese is an English slang used to describe a person (typically of non-Asian descent) who prefers Japan and all things in Japanese over one’s indigenous culture. The term is a successive mutation of “Wapanese,” a derogatory slur referring to western Japanophiles with a strong bias towards Japanese cultural and tech imports.


The word “Wapanese” (as in Wannabe Japanese) was introduced in the early 2000s. From late 2003 and onwards, usage of Wapanese became alarmingly visible on 4chan (an image-based bulletin board) , often leading to unpleasant exchanges between anime/manga fans and those who were far less interested in their subcultures. At the peak of its abuse in mid-2005, 4chan moderators devised a creative intervention using the word-filter, replacing every instance of Wapanese with “Weeaboo,” which was a fictitious term originally coined by Nicholas Gurewitch in his Perry Bible Fellowship comic strip (date unknown, comic #62):

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Stereotypes of Weaboo

There are numerous online discussions and referential sources discussing the stereotypes and traits of “Weeaboo”; some of the most notable observational jokes include:

Excessive use of Japanese words in replacement of English Favoritism of Japanese imports over domestic equivalents Hanging out in the international aisle of the supermarket Crowding the manga section of your local book store Seeking Japanese partners only in Personals on Craigslist Ability to memorize and recite Anime opening theme songs

Social Media on Weeaboo