Friday, January 20, 2006

KONNICHIWA-!!!

I went to Thailand with my fried for two weeks last summer!! It was really great to spend a vacation!!
In the trip, an interesting happened. Everywhere we went, they knew we are Japanese and talked to us in Japanese. Of course many Japanese travel to Thailand recently. But there are many Koreans and Chinese, too.
I wondered why and asked about it. One guy told that that’s because our skin color. It’s a bit lighter than theirs. But it didn’t give me any idea because I can say the same thing to the Koreans especially. I finally couldn’t find the reason. And sometimes their kindness gave me irritation.

Fashion Magazine

Fashion magazines give girls some ideas how to dress up. At the same time I’m afraid it makes them look all same. On the campus in our university, I often see girls gathering a table in the cafeteria and they all look same!!! I can tell which magazine they read.
Once people gather with a united idea, they become a group and have influence to the others. I’m not saying that it’s bad, but the similar thing brings conflicts in International Society (like religion or nationality).

Group Work

Group work makes collective responsibility. If someone doesn’t do his or her work, it gives the group troubles. Today I would have a presentation in Spanish class. But… I overslept and my group did the presentation without me. It was about four-day trip to Argentina. I was going to talk about the last day in Buenos Aires. I couldn’t believe what I did…
A small mistake could be a big trouble. If it was just a quiz or something it would be just my problem. Whether it doesn’t do anything about their grades, I’m really sorry about it…..

Blog...

One of my friends told me that we have to write blog at least ten by this Sunday… That’s tooooo… much for me!!! I can’t find what to write anymore. What’s the diversity in Japan? Actually I have no idea… However my classmates have already done it I believe most of them. Am I stupid or what!!? From my point of view, Japan is poor at diversity. The words “Kachigumi” and “Makegumi” make diversity? Anyway, I wanna be Kachigumi if I can!!

Smoking...

I smoke! Is anything wrong with it? People around me say I should quit smoking because I’m a girl. Why on earth boys can smoke and girls can’t!! That’s because it’s bad when I give a birth? No, I don’t think so. I’m already 20 and it’s my choice to do this. I can’t stand that kind of stereotype thinking!!! I believe I have a right to smoke unless I keep a manner.
There are a lot of fixed ideas something like man work and women stay home not only in this country but all over the world. I don’t like it!!!!

AKIBAKEI

What do you imagine when you hear the word “AKIBA”? A fat man with a big paper bag, wired clothes…? I’m sure it’s something negative. But what they are doing is just pursuing their hobbies. Most Akiba kei people just like anime or computer game. It would be normal if the subject were cars or motorcycles. Why do they have to be treated as abnormal?
Wait… does anybody wrote the same thing…? Oh well… I have to say something, I’m nothing different from them actually.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Host Family

Last week, I received an air mail from my host family in Missouri, U.S. In the letter, they said that they like Japanese better than German. When I read that, I was confused. Well, of course they have had exchange students both from Japan and Germany. But how can they tell which is better? They only knew one or two individuals from each country.
I found how the prejudice occurs. The lack of information gives people some biases or wrong ideas.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

DIVERSITY?

The United States is the only superpower. Politicians, doctors, professors, business leaders as the key decisions. Those leaders have defferent skin colors. There are of course American, British, Indian, Chinese, Japanse, and people from all over the world.
Now look at a similar group in another country. The people running Japan are Japanese. The people running South Korea are Korean.
This is not about the abilities of language. A lot of countries are extremely diverse. But in how many immigrants from another country be elected to government? Or just look at national sports teams...how many countries have "diverse" athletes representing them?

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

CASEC

Last week, in economic class, professor Senba tell us about CASEC. CASEC is a test to measure your English ability like TOEIC and TOEFL. Since we are in Aoyama Gakuin University, students can take the test for free. However, only 3 students applied to it. I didn’t even know that. But I realized that how Japanese are indifferent to communicate with people in other countries.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

balablock

In English seminar on this Monday, I saw a video called "Balablok" which is about social and cultural diversity. It was about different groups fighting and finally got assimilated. The majority tend to pick on minorities in their dominant society. But once it turns out that the minority group got many party, it is a different story. The situation was reversed and same thing happens again and again.
No matter where it is, there is always minority groups in a society. People are scared to be minority and try to get the group bigger. The bigger the group is, the more power they get. Sometimes it does not matter what is right but what is strong like Nazis during WWⅡ. I think it is sad but a reality of today's world.