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Anti-Japaneseism
Posted 9/18/14
I don't want anyone to get the wrong impression of this or think I'm saying something else, so read carefully.


Am I the only one who notices that usually when Japan is brought up in something it's followed by ":weird" or "WTF". I was just on Facebook and a very popular TV show posted a gallery of photos and gifs of weird Japanese variety shows and stuff, making it seem like this is normalcy and Japan is this messed up land of freaks. The comments were all agreeing that Japan is some problematic odd land of depravity and that Japanese people are abnormal.

It's not like this is the first time I've seen this either. I see it, I hear firsthand said to me.


How is this not racism?

How come anti-discrimination leagues aren't demanding apologies? How is it any different than showing an African American man with a doo-rag, a boombox, and saying "Laugh Because He's A Deadbeat Dad, Right" or any race, culture, creed, or religion. Perpetuating false racist beliefs and having them accepted is what they're doing, and in any respect it's wrong but to be honest the only time it's really almost unanimously accepted is with Japan.

Why is that? Why are some people so anti-Japanese, and to be I'm not even Japanese but I feel pretty pissed about this. Racism is wrong in any degree doesn't matter who it's directed at, but it seems like poking fun and practically discriminating the "silly perverted land of the rising sun" is perfectly fine.

Maybe it's just me...
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Posted 9/18/14 , edited 10/4/14
If it makes you feel better im pretty sure they do the same thing with our reality shows.
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Posted 9/18/14
Every country has their own normalcy which in some instances from the outside can seem very weird. There are plenty of cultural aspects the US might deem normal here but may be strange to someone from a different country. I agree with the reality shows lol I don't even like them.
Posted 9/18/14 , edited 9/18/14
Ignorance breeds contempt.
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Posted 9/18/14
Living in the northeast of the US a good amount of people I know here consider a majority of Asians to be weird. BUT, when I go visit friends in LA (where the cultures there are more diverse), I haven't heard a single biased complaint about them. The only topics I came across that had to do with Japan or Korea were of how awesome their restaurant food is, or how peaceful the people are.

Random people on Facebook tend to look for things they want to complain about. If a popular show posted odd pictures relating to Japan then people who aren't educated about the culture WILL decide to make those photos the summary of Japan. It pisses me off too, but hateful posts on countries happen often.
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Posted 9/18/14
Well everyone thinks the average American is fat and lazy. We have shows that perpetuate that stereotype like Honey Boo Boo. Everyone's got their problems.
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Posted 9/18/14 , edited 9/18/14
Yup every country has got it's people who pridefully wallow in their own ignorance. There's a saying from Star Trek I really liked.

"Familiarity breeds tolerance."

I'm not at all surprised with DollyDagger11 said about people who know more about other cultures don't disparage as much. The internet and facebook included obviously is full of vitriol. Just can't let it get to you.
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Posted 9/18/14

Well, i am pretty sure it is just different culture thing. When i first came to US as an international student, i am surprised at how people interact with each other. My country's culture is pretty reserved so seeing friend giving bear hugs and kisses is pretty weird for me. Since hugging / kisisng are only reserved for the most intimated couples and those reality shows ... yea i still don't understand why people like it but well it is probably just culture things.

As for the Japan's "weird" thing, i usually think of it as a compliment to them for their creativity and outside the box thinking. I mean i remember more ads for Japanese stuffs than ads from my own country.
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Posted 9/18/14

AiYumega wrote:

I don't want anyone to get the wrong impression of this or think I'm saying something else, so read carefully.


How is this not racism?


Because it is making fun of a culture, not of a race. If people said Asians are weird that is racist.

The main issue that dignifies why racism is bad, is that race does not have any practical effect on the world. It doesn't matter what color your skin is or what shape your facial features are, you are still capable of everything that anyone else is.

On the other hand culture and religion are based on behavior. Behavior is taught and behavior can be changed. It's best to tolerate and learn from another's culture and religion, at least so far as it doesn't seem harmful to your happiness. However, that tolerance isn't morally required. As an extreme example, if you believe that women should be treated equally, while another culture oppresses women heavily, you have good reason to not tolerate that aspect of their culture.

The fact remains that Japan does have some aspects to their culture that you would never see in the western world, and people who are unfamiliar with Japan may find those aspects either fascinating, odd, or disgusting. They may or may not be justified in their opinions.

I'd like to say that we should tolerate all cultures and religions, but the fact remains that there are behaviors in every culture that are destructive, and it at times may be in our best interest to not tolerate those behaviors, regardless of popular opinion.
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Posted 9/18/14
i dont think that its racism at all i think that there are some aspects of the japanese culture that is just plain weird not only to the baka-gaijin but to the japanese themselves.lets not forget that in japan the japanese can be intolerant of other cultures as well. i have seen lots of people lamenting this state of affairs....
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Posted 9/18/14
making fun of a culture "is" making fun of the race with it though.
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Posted 9/18/14

perrandy wrote:

i dont think that its racism at all i think that there are some aspects of the japanese culture that is just plain weird not only to the baka-gaijin but to the japanese themselves.lets not forget that in japan the japanese can be intolerant of other cultures as well. i have seen lots of people lamenting this state of affairs....


I can agree with this. A Japanese person explained to me about how he gets weirded out about some these things too.
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Posted 9/18/14
It is probably just you. Most Japanese people don't even watch anime.
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Posted 9/18/14
It's not racism in the least. Eastern culture (in this specific case, Japanese) is vastly different towards Western values. Our ideals, forms of entertainment, are pretty different. The majority of people tend to poke fun at what one sees as "different". Like others have stated I'm positive the Japanese get freaked out by our forms of entertainment, and I certainly wouldn't blame them. Hell, I'd say the Japanese culture is one of the most prideful ones out there. I wouldn't be shocked if they were even worse.
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Posted 9/18/14 , edited 9/18/14

FlamerzHH wrote:

making fun of a culture "is" making fun of the race with it though.


No, it's not.
Culture and race are two separate things.
One can be culturally intolerant yet have nothing against a race.
Being ethnically Japanese does not mean that you have to be culturally Japanese.
I know some Japanese ethnics who have absolutely no connection to Japanese culture.
Also, Chinese ethnics are not just all just one culture. There are many places in which they are a significant population, and in each case, they have their own culture, and each of them often poke and snipe at each other for some of their customs.
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