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Embedded Racism: Japan's Visible Minorities and Racial Discrimination

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  • Book IN APPROPRIATE: A novel of culture, kidnapping, and revenge in modern Japan
  • JT Community Page 10th Anniversary: Write a Haiku, win a copy of Debito’s HANDBOOK

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on April 25th, 2012

    IN APPROPRIATE, A novel of culture, kidnapping, and revenge in modern Japan, By ARUDOU Debito


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    Hi Blog. As I wrote last week, next week heralds a celebration of the Tenth Anniversary of the Japan Times’ Tuesday Community Page. As I’ve written about 100 articles and JBC columns for it so far, I’ll be doing double duty next week with two articles, one in commemoration, and one a regular JBC column (more on the topic shortly before publication).

    This week, however, in anticipation, the JT announced that it would be offering FIVE free copies of Akira Higuchi and Arudou Debito’s bilingual HANDBOOK FOR NEWCOMERS, MIGRANTS, AND IMMIGRANTS (more on it here), which has been a solid and steady seller, what with all the information about getting the right visa, getting a steady job, getting settled for a permanent life in Japan, and dealing with problems and issues that may come up. Table of Contents and reviews here.

    That’s right, five free copies of HANDBOOK, and all you have to do is write a Haiku in English about Japan — “the good, the bad and the ugly”. Some examples (there are many more at the link) by Zeit Gist contributor Colin Jones this week include:

    Random card checking
    Fingerprints at the airport
    Yokoso Japan!

    Non-Japanese folk
    Have constitutional rights
    Except when they don’t

    Barred from the hot springs
    for invisible tattoo
    It says “foreigner”

    Now, those are my kinda Haiku. And no doubt we’ll have some anti-Debito ones too (taste the irony of being rewarded by the very person you’re dissing!). Go for it!  Submit via:

    Happy Anniversary, Community Page!  Arudou Debito

    18 Responses to “JT Community Page 10th Anniversary: Write a Haiku, win a copy of Debito’s HANDBOOK”

    1. Jim Di Griz Says:

      @ Debito,

      Those haiku don’t even include a season reference word!

      We Japanese (that’s me AND Donald Keene) are not amused by the lack of respect NJ have for Japanese ancient culture!

    2. Maxabillion Slartibartfast Says:

      Summer, hot and moist
      Wet, tender flesh sticks to the
      Fingerprint scanner.

    3. matty-b Says:

      frog moon sweat
      candy moth chirpiness breath
      pay your taxes

    4. Andrew in Saitama Says:

      The Japanese news –
      Nadeshiko, AKB,
      food, and maybe news

    5. Blue Says:

      I am not special
      All we require from you
      level playing field

      sitting on train
      wow I have space
      I had a shower

    6. TJJ Says:

      15 Springs I gave
      my vigor now depleted
      Call it time to bounce?

    7. Maxabillion Slartibartfast Says:

      Immigrant-free land
      Will the last person to leave
      Please turn out the lights?

    8. Benjamin Says:

      Bicycle checkpoint
      “I have saved you the receipt”
      A foggy Sunday

      After seven springs
      “Sir, where did you get this bike?”
      Even in Tokyo

    9. johnny Says:

      I cant build a life
      I gotta get out of here
      Johnny Foreigner

    10. kospi200 Says:

      Japan is unique
      Foreigners don’t understand
      Dolphin sashimi

    11. Jim Di Griz Says:

      Ahh, I can’t express my J-heart in English haiku, but my favorite Kipling poem always reminds me of the Japanese attitude to NJ;

      O it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, go away”;
      But it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins”, when the band begins to play,

    12. Becky Says:

      Speaking of Kipling:

      “If you can keep your head when all about you
      Are losing theirs and blaming it on you”

      is now my official motto.

    13. Jim Di Griz Says:

      @Becky #13

      That is a great poem with so many inadvertent allusions to Japan. For example;

      But make allowance for their doubting too; (one for the ‘flyjin’ haters),

      Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
      Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, (one for the stalker site),

      If you can dream – and not make dreams your master; (a lesson there for the J-gov),

      If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim; (one for all the Japanese who can’t answer a straight ‘yes/no’ question without ‘ehhh…to’ing for 15 mins first).

      I could go on, but my favorite line is;

      If you can fill the unforgiving minute
      With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,

      And that’s the standard by which I judge my achievements, not by how much money I earn, or the size of my house.

    14. Sylvian Japan Says:

      Blatant Japan (the band) rip off so no prize but anyway…

      Tokyo life is cruel
      It seems so artificial
      So why should I care?

      Written in 1979…..Ahead of their time.

    15. Retching Wretch Says:

      Don’t call me racist
      if you please. It’s not racist.
      It’s just Japanese.

    16. Loverilakkuma Says:

      Quake brought Tsunami
      Swept over the towns
      Government bowed down on lies

    17. Andrew in Saitama Says:

      You are in Japan
      You must follow our ways –
      If we say you can

    18. dsma leaving after 16 yrs Says:

      smiling faces gone
      culture in the throes of death
      fault found everywhere

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