A bit OT, but since we are talking about tinges of what is perceived as xenophobia by goras, I had some curious experiences with this "whites getting privilege" in India angle, that I have heard (and believed) since forever. I have a few white immigrant friends here, predominantly from UK, Australia and Netherlands. They are married to malayalees (either husband or wife) or run businesses here. Some run resorts at Kovalam/Varkala belts or have family here, while they work at Maldives during week. Some have IT firms or are airline pilots based here, but working for airlines in India and Gelf.
I consistently hear the following experiences from nearly all of them:
1) All private and government run service industry wallahs kiss their asses (hotels, restaurants, showrooms et al), because of the assumption that they have higher spending power. So if you are in a star-hotel or restaurant, be assured that they will get "white supremacist package" treatment. Same at airline counters. This stupidity is what gives us the impression of their privilege
2) local small businesses doesnt give a crap or treat a gora specially. They are usually run by people who are very uncomfortable with the angreji, that these folks speak. But they are usually civil. These gora-migrants say they sometimes have a disadvantage, when a malayalee comes along and gets service earlier, because of the language barrier
3) Both State and Central Govt departments (despite the general wisdom I heard and believed) are rated by these folks as quite hostile to them and at best, are intensely paranoid of a foreigner. They are treated rudely by cops, sometimes even when these guys are very very polite (which I had observed once and intervened, just wanted to feel like a gora-khan talking to a gora-sherif about how the "colored lad made a mistake. He wont repeat it. right boy?"
). They are made to jump through hoops, to get things done, which wont take any time for natives. Hence they depend on hefty-charging middlemen for nearly everything to do with Govt departments.
4) Local residents and neighbours are a mixed bag. The mid-level, college educated middle class drools over them for no reason, other than Fair 'n Lovely commercials brainwashing. The lesser and higher-level educated, kind of treats them with indifference.
BTW, this is from their own mouths, not mine. And yes, they are very very well networked and you can see the same faces in all social occasions across town and even different states. The east asians here, are treated at par and my japanese/SoKo acquaintances (from kids' school) here, dont have major issues, other than the mundane. They seem to be more accepted by the locals and I have seen one So Ko gent consistently playing madal-bat (coconut-leaf stem) cricket with the locals, along with his kid.
So in the case of Japanese society, I think the society doesn't give two hoots, except a grudging acknowledgement of those who dropped those two devices on their laps back in 1945. Same as our memory of East India Company ravages. They keep doing what they feel is right, like every confident, ancient societies with minimal social turmoil. And no one can do a damn about it, least of all goras.
Cheen, that way, rocked its own boat with Mao's stupidities. For a huge economy, they are cultural pygmies at this point in history. The frantic rush to make their military women wear short-skirts in parades etc is appalling