It doesn’t look like a lot of money, but the small amount of money and the fact that thousands will experience hardship because of it is testimony to how viciously they been taken advantage of.

Thousands of chili farmers in the central province of Quang Nam are on the verge of bankruptcy after the director of a South Korean company fled owing them VND1.6 billion (US$96,000).

South Korean Kim Hyong Gon, director of Thang Binh District-based Future Korea Vietnam Limited Company (Future Company), disappeared on June 15.

He didn’t tell his staff where he was going, Kim’s secretary Nguyen Huynh Son told Thanh Nien Friday.

“He kept all the company’s money. He even didn’t pay our salary for last month,” Son said.

“I have reported the case to the police.”

Future Company, established in 2006, was trying to develop a chili industry in Quang Nam Province.

Since 2006, it has offered chili seeds, technology and fertilizer to more than 1,000 farmers.

Although the company received the farmers’ harvest, it has not yet paid for the crops.

“The company still owes us about VND1 billion ($60,000) to pay the farmers for last season,” said Nguyen Duc Thanh, Chairman of a cooperative at Dien Ban District.

“But anyway, we were lucky to have stopped cooperating with them this season after they were late paying last time.”

In the 2007-2008 season, the company signed contracts with farmers to grow 80 hectares of chili in the districts of Dien Ban, Dai Loc, Duy Xuyen and Thang Binh.

However, it hasn’t paid farmers for the portion of the crop already delivered.

Some farmers are still keeping chili on their farms.

They can’t sell their crops because no one else wants Kim’s chili variety, which is milder than the variety usually grown in Vietnam.

See the rest of the article, including a picture of the perpetrator (they covered up his eyes, though, which the Korean media will not do for foreigners in Korea, although they do it for Koreans).

Posted by Matt, filed under diplomacy, Scams. Date: June 27, 2008, 11:48 pm | 8 Comments »

This essay, also by my Japanese doctor friend Oscar, is called ‘Is inter-racial dating damaging for Asians?’. The essay concerns itself with the mainly Asian-American concerns about the so called ‘dating disparity’. Although the topics that the Asian-American men seem worried about do not really affect Japanese people, Oscar looks at the issues and also answers a query by a Japanese person that was asking about it. If you cannot read Japanese, the one of the funniest lines in it is “It is the media’s fault that I’m not popular with girls!”.

By the way, if anyone is good at translating, I welcome a translation and will put it in the main post if someone will go to the effort.



人種間交際はアジア人にとって有害か?

このサイトはあまりヒットが多くないのでいつも姉妹サイトの英語版掲示板ばかり見ているのですが、久しぶりに日本語版の掲示板の方をのぞいてみると“如水”という人が次のような書き込みをしていました。

はじめまして、当サイトを拝見させて頂きました。

当サイトは「異人種間の交際を積極的に肯定」しているサイトだと受け取りました、
それ自体は別に何の異論もありませんが、「異人種間の交際を否定的」に感じる方々に対して、それをサイト全般に渡って、単なる嫉妬心から来る卑屈な意見でしか
無いかのように考えておられるのは、いかがなものかと思います。

なぜかというと、当サイトは当然ながらアジア人好きの白人男性という一般的に言って極めて偏った視点からの主観によって構成されているものであるのですが、こういった「白人男性とアジア人女性」とのカップルについて、如何にそれが社会にアジア人全体に対してネガティブな影響を与えるか、そして与えてきたか。

それによってアジア人、特にアジア系アメリカ人男性のアイデンティティにダメージを与えてきたか、ということを全く考慮していないからです。(おそらく白人男性はそんなことには気づかないのでしょう)

こういった異人種間、ことに「白人男性とアジア人女性」のカップルについては、
インターネットでもアジア系のサイトを除けばかなりの頻度で討論が行われており、ことさら希少な意見ではありません。

ここでダラダラその問題について語っても致し方の無いことと思いますので、
以下に代表的な意見を述べておられるサイトにリンクしておきました、参考になれば幸いと存じます、以上、乱文乱筆をお許しください。

この書き込みにはAsianWeekの2000年2月3日の記事へのリンクが貼ってありました。

率直なところ、他人の意見を受け売りしながら知ったかぶっているだけの書き込みにしか思えませんでしたが、けっこう惑わされる人もいるかも知れないと思いましたので、少し解説を書いておこうと思いました。

実は、この話題は英語版掲示板の方で既に飽きるほど討論されたテーマです。“如水”さんは、それをまったく読まないまま、自分だけがこういう問題を認識しているような幻想を抱いて書き込みをされたのでしょう。

少し解説しますと、80年代のレーガン政権時代からアメリカの人口統計調査のやり方が変わって、どういう人種の人がどういう人種の人と結婚したかが詳しく分かるようになりました。その結果、経済的に裕福な黒人男性が好んで白人女性と結婚するため黒人女性が経済的に有利な結婚の機会を奪われているなど、結婚を中心とした様々な新しい人種問題がクローズアップされるようになりました。

その中で、アジア系アメリカ人女性白人男性と結婚する率が高く、アジア系アメリカ人男性白人女性と結婚する率が低い、という事実が明らかになり、このことがアジア系アメリカ人男性の結婚難につながっていると言われはじめました。さらには、その原因は映画テレビなどのメディアで、東洋人はしばしば男性的魅力に欠ける貧弱な連中として描写されてきたのが原因だ、とする意見が広く流布されました。つまり、、「オレがモテないのはメディアのせいだ!」というわけです。

この話題は1990年代の終わりから2001年終わりにかけてかなり盛り上がりを見せましたが、9/11同時多発テロ事件以降、アメリカ人の愛国意識が高まり、自分が何系アメリカ人であるかを論じるのが国民の一致団結に傾倒する時流に反するようになってしまい、次第に下火になっていきました。ハリウッド映画が東洋人男性オタク系に描写するのをやめさせよう、というテーマのホームページも数多くありましたが、そのほとんどが閉鎖、もしくは休止状態になりました。

こういうホームページの代表格と言えるものにAsianWhite.OrgAsianguy.com(いずれも休止状態)がありましたが、その内容は非常にヒステリックで、「これじゃモテるわけないよ!」と思わせるものばかりでした。わたくし管理人(日本人男性ですよ)も、何年か前これらホームページの掲示板で住人たちと論争したことがありますが、救いようのないほど極端な考えを持った人たちでした。要約すれば、「アジア人と白人が交際するのはけしからん!アジア人は純血を保つべきだ!」というヒトラーの末裔ではないか、と思わせる人種純血主義者の集団だったように記憶しています。それをカッコイイと考える風潮が一部の若いアジア系アメリカ人の中にあったわけですが、それも一時の流行に過ぎなかったと受け止めるべきでしょう。

現実問題として、アジア系アメリカ人女性が白人と結婚する例が多いことには、もともと結婚を目的に移民するアジア人女性が多いという背景があります。さらに、アメリカ政府が行った人口統計で言う「アジア人」の項目(Asian and Pacific Islander category)には中国人、日本人およびフィリピン人しか含まれません。最も騒いでいる韓国人、ベトナム人などは統計ではアラブ人やトルコ人、オーストラリア原住民と共に「その他の人種」に含まれており、本当に彼らが結婚難に直面しているかどうかは政府統計からは不明なのです。

さらに言えば、アメリカのメディアが東洋人男性を貧弱に描いていたのは過去の話です。大リーグでは日本人選手が新記録を打ち立て、全米バスケットリーグでは中国人選手が大活躍をしています。現在、アメリカのメディアで最も低く描写されているのは白人男性でしょう。

“如水”さんが言いたかったのは、白人男性と日本人女性の交際を肯定するとアジア人全体にネガティブな影響を与える、ということだったようですが、その意見は支持しかねます。そもそも人種至上主義に基づいた間違った思想ですし、既に流行の過ぎ去った一時的な集団ヒステリーの受け売りでしかないからです。知ったかぶりをする前に、もう少し海外メディアを良く読むか、英語版掲示板の議論に参加して欲しいものです。

Posted by Matt, filed under Friends, Japan society. Date: June 23, 2008, 6:30 am | 1 Comment »

An acquaintance of mine, a Japanese doctor, wrote a number of essays about foreign men dating Japanese women. The essays are interesting and funny. I noticed recently that the essays are in danger of falling down the memory hole. Therefore I will post them here for posterity. The author goes under then pseudonym of “Oscar”.

That a Japanese man would write these kinds of essays shows the essential liberalism of Japanese society. Here is the first one, titled “Introduce your foreign boyfriend to your father”.

外人の彼氏をお父さんに紹介しよう

日本に在住している外人によく聞く話しに、「外人とつきあいたいという女の子は大勢いるけど、お父さんに会わせてくれる女の子は少ない」というのがある。

彼女の両親にちゃんと紹介してもらった上で、堂々と家まで迎えに行き、夕食や映画を楽しんだ後、両親が心配しないような時間に自宅までエスコートして帰るという、西洋ではいたってスタンダードな交際をしようと思っていてもそれはさせてもらえない。その代わり、誰も知らない所で会って、こっそりホテルでエッチして、帰り道半ばで手を振って別れる、という交際ならやらせてくれる日本人女性は山ほどいる。つまりオレたち外人男性は日本人女性に単に遊ばれているだけなのではないか?というのが、実は案外知られていない外人たちの悩みなのである。

世間では「日本人女性を喰いあさる女たらしの不良外人」ばかりがクローズアップされているが、それではちょっと片手落ちではないか?ぼくの友人のフランス人は真剣に日本人の結婚相手を捜していたが、つきあってくれる女性たちは誰一人として「遊び」以上の関係を求めていなくて、「ご両親に会いたい」と言ったとたんに引いていってしまうのだ。彼は決して「不良外人」ではない。博士号まで持っているれっきとした生物学者だ。彼のいとこは日本人とのハーフで、パリでファッションモデルとして働いており、彼もそんな子供が欲しいと思って日本人の妻を求めてやってきたのだ。

たいていの白人男性は日本に来てしばらくの間は自分がモテモテであることを喜んでいるが、そろそろ真剣につきあえる女性を見つけたいと思い始めたころから日本人女性の「遊び」の壁にぶちあたる。結局、ほとんどの外人は一度も真剣な交際相手を見つけないまま自分の国に帰ってしまう。そして新しい外人がやってきて同じことを繰り返す。これでは「日本人女性を喰いあさる不良外人」というレッテルはお門違いじゃないだろうか?

結局「貿易摩擦」や「経済摩擦」と同じく、「外人の便利なところは取り入れたいけど深い関係は持ちたくない」という日本人の態度に問題があるのではないだろうか?

近年、日本の若者文化、「ポピュラー・カルチャー」の映画、アニメ、ゲームを通して海外に広く知られるようになり、「日本はクールな国」という考えがアメリカを中心に広がっている。日本をもっと知りたい、日本を直に体験したいという外人が次々に日本を訪れている。それなのに日本人の外人に対する認識は相変わらず変わっていない。

中にはとんでもなく勘違いしている人がいて日本人女性と付き合いたがってる外人の行動を「日本人女性を軽く見る『差別』だ」と言っている人もいる。このサイトの掲示板に「私はもうすぐイギリスに留学しますが、こんな外国人に出会わないことを祈ります。そしてそういった外国人を・・・心から軽蔑します。」と書いた人がいるが、視野の狭い女だと言わざるを得ない。

実は、海外ではまだまだ黄色人種に対する差別は日本国内で思われてるよりずっとひどくて、対日本人差別というのは普通「日本人と付き合う」ことじゃなくて「日本人と付き合わない」ことなのだ。海外では今でも白人男性がアジア人女性と街を歩いていると、冷たい目で見られるのは当たり前のことで、時には暴力にあったり露骨な非難を浴びたりする。クリス君のサイト常連であるジェームズはベトナム人の恋人とバスに乗っていたところ、杖を持った老婆がやってきて「薄汚い東洋人ども」がいかにイギリスをダメにしているかを言い始めて、時々杖で彼女を突いたりされた経験がある。その時他の乗客は黙ってみていたばかりか、その老婆に声援を送っていたそうだ。もっとひどい場合は、「人種の裏切り者」として彼がスキンヘッドの集団におそわれるケースもある。

アジア人女性を好むことを、ロリコンアニメフェチと同列の一種の変態的な趣味だと考えている人も少なからずいる。あるいは、日本人女性が好きだ聞くと「薄汚いアジア人でなきゃ相手にしてもらえないモテないヤツなんだ」と考える人も多い。第二次大戦、朝鮮戦争、ベトナム戦争にかけて三十年にわたる「戦争花嫁」の歴史もあって、「貧乏な国からパンを求めて身体を売って来た女たち」というイメージも根強い。

そんな中で少しずつアジア人女性の魅力にとりつかれている男性も増えてきている。しかし、彼らはまだ非常な少数派なのだ。

そんな差別や偏見と戦ってまでアジア人女性と付き合いたがってる外人を捕まえて、「こんな外国人に出会わないことを祈ります」とのたまっている女たちはいったいどういう神経をしているのだろう?自分のことをそんなにいい女だと思っているのだとしたら実にオメデタイ話だ。

まあ、バカの話はそのぐらいにしよう。
インターネットを検索すれば白人−アジア人のカップルが直面する問題を扱ったサイトは無数にある。(たとえばここ
そんな中でクリス君のサイトが特別なのは、特に日本人女性を中心に扱っている点と、「彼女の両親に挨拶するときにはどうすればいいのか?」などという実用的で日常的な問題を扱っているという点なのだ。

英語版サイトの掲示板で話し合った結果、クリス君自身は、日本人のお父さんは悪いもんじゃないよ、と言う。彼はイギリスに留学していた恋人を追って日本に来たのだが、その彼女と別れた後もお父さんとは仲良く付き合っていて、日本を去るときには彼女よりもお父さんと別れるのがつらかったと言っている。ジェームズ君の留学先のお父さんは、彼が自分の娘と付き合っていることを承知していながら、ジェームズ君を夜な夜な街に連れだし、日本の夜の文化を紹介したらしい。なゆた君(ネット上のハンドル名)の彼女はアイヌの血が流れているそうで、そのお父さんは普通の日本人と付き合うことよりも外人と付き合うことの方にむしろ寛容なのだそうだ。ぼくの友人のフランス人はようやく見つけた真剣な恋人の家族と対面したとき、太平洋戦争で戦ったおじいちゃんに軍歌を教え込まれ、おじいちゃんと仲良く歌ったそうだ。

結局、彼女が心配していたほど問題が起きた例は一つもなく、むしろ家族は外人の彼氏を歓迎したという話ばかりだった。

お父さんがどんな反応をするかを考えるとちょっと怖い気がするのも理解できるが、どんな彼氏と付き合っているのか見せた方が親は安心するものだし、せっかく彼がそういう文化の国から来ているわけなんだから、一度は「親公認の交際」というものを経験してみてもいいのではないだろうか?

Posted by Matt, filed under Friends, Japan society. Date: June 19, 2008, 12:53 am | 6 Comments »

We know that Britain’s “war on terror” is schizophrenic, but the UK laws are also encouraging nuisance lawsuits from Islamic jihadists, bringing them funds and intimidating the native people. This case below is one of the worst I have seen. The article is called “How I nearly lost my business after refusing to hire a Muslim hair stylist who wouldn’t show her hair“.

It seems too lunatic to be true. But here a hair salon boss reveals how she was driven to the brink of ruin – and forced to pay £4,000 for ‘hurt feelings’ – after refusing to hire a Muslim stylist who wouldn’t show her hair at work

For Sarah Desrosiers, meeting Bushra Noah was not a moment in her life that she would describe as especially memorable.

Not only was it brief – lasting little more than ten minutes – but it was rapidly obvious to Sarah that Bushra was not the person for the junior stylist position she was trying to fill at her hairdressing salon.

Sarah’s reasoning? Quite simply that Bushra, a Muslim who wears a headscarf for religions reasons, had made it clear she would not be removing the garment even while at work.

Sarah felt that a job requirement of any hairdresser was that the stylist’s hair would provide clients with a showcase of different looks. Especially one working in a salon such as hers, which specialises in alternative cuts and colours.

Yet the ten minutes during which Sarah’s world collided with Bushra’s has resulted in an extraordinary employment battle, in which she was accused of ‘direct’ and ‘indirect’ discrimination.

For a year, Sarah has been facing financial ruin, due to a compensation claim for £34,000 brought by Bushra, 19, who has maintained she is due that figure after being turned down for a job at the Wedge salon in London’s King’s Cross.

In the event, the tribunal ruled this week that while Bushra’s claim of direct discrimination failed, her claim for indirect discrimination had succeeded.

Sarah has therefore been ordered to pay £4,000 compensation by way of ‘injury to feelings’.

Although this is a smaller sum than she’d feared she might have to hand over, Sarah, 32, is still outraged.

‘I am a small business and the bottom line is that this is not a woman who worked for me,’ says Sarah.

‘She is simply someone I met for a job interview, who, for a host of reasons, was not right for the job. I cannot see how she deserves £4,000.

‘As for the notion that I’ve injured her feelings – well, people’s feelings get injured every day. I dread to think the sorts of things that people will try to claim injured feelings for now that this precedent has been set.’

In its ruling, the tribunal said it was ‘satisfied that Bushra was not treated less favourably than Sarah would have treated any woman who, whether Muslim or not, wears a hair covering at all times when at work’.

Accordingly, the claim of direct discrimination failed.

But with regard to the issue of indirect discrimination, they found that Sarah had pursued a ‘legitimate aim – that aim being to promote the image of the business’.

However, the burden of proof was on Sarah to prove that her means of achieving that legitimate aim was proportionate.

She was not able to prove her contention that employing someone with a headscarf would have the negative impact on her business’s stylistic integrity that she feared.

Since the judgment, Bushra, who is of Syrian descent and has worn a headscarf since she was 13, has, so far at least, chosen not to comment.

But, speaking last year, she admitted she had attended 25 interviews for hairdressing jobs without success.

But Sarah, she told the tribunal, had upset her the most.

She said: ‘I felt so down and got so depressed. I thought: “If I am not going to defend myself, who is?” Hairdressing has been what I’ve wanted to do ever since I was at high school.

‘This has ruined my ambitions. Wearing a headscarf is essential to my beliefs.’

Bushra had a job in a salon in London, where her tasks included cutting hair, highlighting, tinting and perming, before she left to get married in Syria in 2006.

But on her return to Britain, she was unable to find work.

She has given up her ambitions to become a hairdresser and is studying travel and tourism at Hammersmith and West London College while working part-time in a shop.

At the tribunal, Bushra was asked if Sarah had made derogatory remarks about her headscarf.

She replied: ‘She did not. She just asked me if I wore it all the time, or whether I’d take it off.’

Although Bushra is believed to have been acting alone, in the past similar cases have been championed by Muslim traditionalist groups.

In 2006, the Law Lords overturned a court ruling that teenager Shabina Begum’s human rights were violated when she was banned from wearing full Islamic dress at school.

The extremist Muslim group Hizb ut-Tahrir later admitted that it had ‘advised her’.

Meanwhile, Sarah Desrosiers is wondering how to raise the £4,000 she has been ordered to pay Bushra. She has spent her savings on her legal battle and simply has no money left.

‘I am a one-woman band, and am already in debt due to the set-up costs of opening my own salon,’ says Sarah. ‘I dread to think how many haircuts I’m going to have to do to earn the £4,000 I have to pay Bushra. This has, without doubt, been the worst year of my life.’

Pictures of the two women -

Sarah Bushra

Australia has similar discrimination laws to the UK, although as far as I know it is not this bad yet. As a person that has been in a position to employ others at various times, I have had to be very careful. Unfortunately cases like this just mean that people will avoid giving interviews to Muslims or other people that might sue them. The net effect of this will be increased discrimination, although I do not think this case is one of discrimination, unless we are talking about the authorities discriminating against that business owner.

Britain and Australia both need to rethink multi-cultural policies that seek to adjust the attitudes of the local people to match that of recent immigrants, who often come from far outside the mainstream, and who can never realistically be reconciled to properly integrating with the rest of society.

The situation described in that article seems like a ludicrous and oppressive burden on the native British people, who never asked for this kind of thing to happen.

Go and read the rest of the article for yourself.

Posted by Matt, filed under War on Terror. Date: June 18, 2008, 11:33 pm | 1 Comment »

Be sure to check out Ampontan’s article about the period of Japanese rule of Korea.

Posted by Matt, filed under Verus Historia. Date: June 7, 2008, 11:18 am | No Comments »

According to this article, mothers of school children are being radicalized by boredom into taking extreme measures against teachers that they do not like. In one instance this resulted in every child in a school play being snow white, without any dwarves or a wicked witch.

The stage was set, the lights went down and in a suburban Japanese primary school everyone prepared to enjoy a performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The only snag was that the entire cast was playing the part of Snow White.

For the audience of menacing mothers and feisty fathers, though, the sight of 25 Snow Whites, no dwarfs and no wicked witch was a triumph: a clear victory for Japan’s emerging new class of “Monster Parents”.

For they had taken on the system and won. After a relentless campaign of bullying, hectoring and nuisance phone calls, the monster parents had cowed the teachers into submission, forcing the school to admit to the injustice of selecting just one girl to play the title role.

And -

Within the category of monster parent Professor Morotomi identifies the most potent strain: the “teacher hunters”, who conspire in small groups to ensure that a particular teacher is dismissed. Occasionally, he said, this involves physically mobbing their victim at the school gates and screaming abuse until a letter of resignation is signed on the spot.

“The monsters are created in family restaurants and coffee shops — places where the mothers meet each other to talk and relax,” said Professor Morotomi. “Simple chats spiral into ‘emergency meetings’… the conversation becomes more emotional and radical and suddenly what began as a simple complaint becomes a monsterised army of parents.” The sudden switch marks what many believe is the symptom of deeper social troubles at the heart of Japan, a transformation that took root during Japan’s long economic downturn of the 1990s and whose effects have only now erupted.

One the of themes of the Japanese manga/drama GTO was activist parents being unreasonable and trying to get teachers fired. According to this article, it has gotten worse in the interim. I think that this kind of activism has power in Japan because Japanese people tend to feel that if people are complaining, there must be some sort of (reasonable) problem. Then the next thing is how to deal with it. If it has been personalised into the identity of a single teacher, I can see how they could be pressured into resigning or could get fired.

HT to MP

Posted by Matt, filed under Japan society. Date: June 7, 2008, 10:48 am | 5 Comments »

Have to register online. I guess that is not too painful.

Australians and other travellers who do not need visas to enter the United States will be required to register online with the US government at least three days before they visit, a security regulation set to begin next year.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff will announce the rule tomorrow, according to a government official who asked not to be identified because the announcement had not yet been made.

The rule was first reported by the Financial Times today.

Required online registration will begin in January and will be valid for a two-year period.

Those needing to register will be travellers from the 27 countries whose citizens are not required to obtain visas for US entry. The counties include those in most of western Europe as well as Andorra, Australia, Brunei, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore. Eight other countries – the Czech Republic, Hungary and South Korea among them – are expected to be admitted to the visa waiver program.

One has to wonder about how effective this is going to be though, since a million people just walk (illegally) over the border into the US every year.

HT to Errol

Posted by Matt, filed under diplomacy. Date: June 3, 2008, 12:07 am | 6 Comments »

Iyagase (嫌がらせ) means harassing or annoying someone. This is the essence of the latest scheme being promoted on Debito’s blog. The title of the post says it all: “Protest NJ Fingerprinting: Pay your taxes in one yen coins“.

It seems that some foreigners in Japan believe that their human rights are being violated by having their finger prints taken when they enter the country. Therefore a plan has been put forth to pay municipal taxes in 1 yen coins. The goal? To Iyagarase to the extent that city workers need to count the coins and to try to throw a spanner in the system, possibly delaying processing of other peoples taxes.

Debito has been in Japan, what, 18 years now? Doesn’t he know that all kinds of protests are fine, but the moment you cause trouble (meiwaku 迷惑) to other people, you lose support? If there are Japanese people behind a foreigner that is paying in 1 yen coins in a line, what kind of impression are the Japanese people going to have? Are they going to admire the foreigner’s “activism” or are they going to be pissed off that they cannot conduct their business in a timely manner just because a foreigner wants to protest in an oblique manner unfamiliar and puzzling to the Japanese?

Do you harass city workers on the local level for decisions taken by the central government, which is on the national level? Does the mayor influence national security policy?

Furthermore, is finger printing people on entry to the country really a violation of human rights? Japan is not the only country that does it. Certainly Japan was encouraged to do it so it can more fully cooperate in capturing terrorists for the “war on terror”. At worst, being fingerprinted is an inconvenience.

It seems that the plan wont work as a commenter on his site cited a law that would make that plan unfeasible.

What really shocks me about Debito is that despite being in Japan so long, he seems culturally tone deaf. He doesn’t seem to care about Japanese strategies that work when dealing with Japanese people, rather he prefers Americanisms that are alien to Japanese thought. I think this is why he achieves precious little, as we see here and here.

What Debito offers is not Japanese and foreigners getting along, rather it is a state of permanent opposition (tairitsu 対立) where issues are never, ever, resolved.

(PS., the romaji in brackets is what Debito does in some of his posts. I thought it might be interesting for any foreigners to know the words)
(PPS., I put the kanji in as well)

Posted by Matt, filed under Racist Industrial Complex. Date: June 2, 2008, 12:58 am | 19 Comments »