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!
the caste system reminds me of the Indian caste system
hell it reminds me of how Croatians treat certain regions of Croatia due to various history, and some of the minority groups
same shit everywhere
I’ve reblogged this video before (it was a different post with the same Youtube video), but I am reblogging this video again. Not only does this video hit on all of the oppressed and discriminated groups found within Japanese society, and not only is it well researched and presented, I also want to reblog this to show that racism is not only black and white.
In a place like Japan, there is no white privilege, if you are white in Japan, then you get lumped in with all the other foreigners - you’ll get turned away by apartment complexes for no reason other than being a foreigner, you’ll be denied certain rights and privileges and permanent citizenship is near impossible to get, you’ll be constantly stared at, foreign women’s bodies (no matter the race) are often viewed as being exotic and white women are often used as props in music videos and I know some women who have done an ALT job and have been sexually harassed by students, people will always compliment and are amazed at your Japanese and chopstick skills (this may not seem like a form of racism but just think if a Japanese person came to America and an American said to them ‘Oh, wow! You can use a fork so well!’…) , and you may even get the experience of two Japanese workers at a combini doing rock, paper, scissors to see who has to ‘take care of the foreigner.’
As a white female currently residing in Japan I, myself, have not experienced all of the above cases of racism. But, I have experienced some, and all of the above examples are from my friends, who are foreigners, who are living in Japan or have lived in Japan (men and women).
While the racism in Japan is not as violent or outward blatant as it can be in West, that has everything to do with the culture and society itself. Japanese culture prefers passive-aggressive tactics and subtility, though, that still hasn’t stopped some Japanese, of all ages, shouting loudly “gaijin!" (a racial slur, the politically correct term is gaikokujin) when they see a foreigner.
In Japan the racism and discrimination is mostly PoC on PoC and the usual racism dynamics seen in places like America or Britain are simply not present. When I see posts that say “whites can’t experience racism” I sigh, because that simply isn’t true. Is it true in America? Yes. In America white privilege is most definitely a thing and the racism dynamic is white on PoC and it is still a very important and present issue in American society. But, when I see posts like that, I can’t help but think that it is incredibly ethnocentric, since it does not take into account racism dynamics in other parts of the world. It does not take into account places in the world where the majority population and the majority of the minority races present and being discriminated against are both PoC.
Getting back to the video above (since I know that he makes mention of Aniu). There has just recently been an example of Ainu racism and discrimination occurring within the Japanese government (this was just the other day):
Even if there are Ainu, they are no more than Japanese who are descended from Ainu. All they do is insist relentlessly on exercising their rights. It’s absurd, and I can’t explain it to the taxpayers.
Yasuyuki Kaneko, 43, an LDP member of the Sapporo Municipal Assembly, who is under fire for posting on Twitter that native Ainu people “don’t exist anymore.” (Mainichi Shimbun)
So, please, watch this video (and his other one as well) and become informed on how racism and racism dynamics work in another part of the world. Don’t limit racism to only black and white, by doing that, you are ignoring other forms of racism that exist in this world.
I’ll get off my soapbox now, but I think this is really important.