A professor talks about the issue of racism in Japan
ETA: the person who made this video is being pressured to censor it and take it down from youtube, but he feels that it is very important that people know about it (see the second video he made about it for more info), so please signal boost this or repost it or either way share the video around before it gets silenced!
thisisnotjapan, just wondering what you think of this.
This guy is a Nikkei :-) his name is Miki Dezaki and I’ve linked to the article on him before. He came under a lot of fire from Japanese neonationalist scum for this lesson. I support him!
Please note that he’s suffered a lot for his principled stance, while whiny expat losers like Arudou Debito, armored with white privilege, actually profit from their criticisms of Japan.
See, the problem with American cultural dominance of the media and internet: the world becomes divided into America and not America, so that because these kids see ‘discrimination’ or ‘racism’ defined only through American terms (primarily as a POC/white divide) and can say ‘that isn’t the case here’, it never occurs to them to look at themselves - or at anybody else who isn’t America.
Yeah… it’s weird how casually people bring it up in Japan and see 0 problems with it??? Like I was having a discussion with my students and somehow we got on the subject of rice from China vs rice from Japan. And you know, they did have reasons why Chinese imported rice is supposedly worse than Japanese rice, but when I asked them ‘So, do you not buy Chinese rice because of the health risks or because it’s Chinese rice?’, they all said ‘Because it’s Chinese rice, of course.’
Another example was a different student was talking about how she felt unsafe in her apartment because it was filled with foreigners. And I kind of looked at her because obviously, I’m a foreigner too, but as we were talking I realized that by ‘foreigner’ in this case she meant south-east asian immigrants, who are a much more visible minority than Korean or Chinese immigrants - who are also discriminated against, but people usually can’t tell until they talk. My manager almost always says, when a non-Japanese prospective comes in, ‘oh they’re kind of weird, you know, they’re Chinese, I don’t really know what they’re saying exactly’ and one of the other teachers will talk to them in Japanese and say their Japanese is pretty perfect, but then my manager can’t seem to understand them properly.
Anyway, personal anecdotes aside, great video.
yeah… some of my adult students say racist things and when i gently try to suggest that what they just said or the way they feel is racist i might as well be speaking Latin all of a sudden— it goes way over their head and they are utterly clueless as to what i’m talking about because it is THAT unfathomable to them that what they said or how they feel could possibly be racist. it’s extremely jarring to see how unchecked and unquestioned racism is in Japan. :/