Deep in Japan Podcast, Debito Interview Pt. 3 of 3 on book “Embedded Racism” and issues of racial discrimination etc. in Japan


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Hi Blog.  Jeff Krueger’s Deep in Japan Podcast features the last interview of three (the first is here, the second here) with me about the issues of racism and discrimination in Japan, covered in book “Embedded Racism: Japan’s Visible Minorities and Racial Discrimination“.

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2 comments on “Deep in Japan Podcast, Debito Interview Pt. 3 of 3 on book “Embedded Racism” and issues of racial discrimination etc. in Japan

  • Really enjoyed this entire series.

    I just wanted to comment on the bit about “white privilege” in Japan. Without getting into the weeds about the concept itself, aspects of which I find problematic, I would just note that there are those of us (myself included) who actually don’t want any of these so-called privileges and find them just as discriminatory as the negative treatment endured by other races, since, at the end of the day, this is really just another form of othering – another type of special treatment for certain visible minority. It does not matter that the special treatment may be qualitatively better than the treatment Japanese may receive, since the very act of being othered itself is insulting and discriminatory and serves to reenforce my separate and subordinated social status in Japan. On the surface, this special treatment seems to differ a little bit from Debito’s model of differentiation, otherization and subordination, since presumably special treatment is treatment better than what is received by the Japanese and thus by definition not subordination, but I would submit that the failure to treat people equally is its own form of subordination, regardless of whether that takes the form of special treatment or more traditional racial discrimination.


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