This month, Dr Arudou decides to spin out a blog entry into an article for the Japan Times, on how “racism” at a Canadian bank and at Jamaican borders prove once again that Japan is horrible.
First, at the bank an “Asian gentleman” (I’ve learnt from the comments on his blog that it’s only racist if you categorise someone’s race behind their back, not while they are within earshot) denied the doctor’s inalienable human right to be both Japanese and white, although you’ll note that the Asian gent was denied his right to be Canadian and Asian.
Now, what exactly happened at the bank? According to debito.org and the second eyewitness, there is agreement up until we lose the racism and complete the transaction. However, he then says “Afterwards, I asked the teller”, but if we assume “afterwards” to be after heading to the car then returning to complain (as told by the third party), the teller had already been sent home! If it was after losing the racism and completing the transaction, according to the original telling the manager intervened leaving no opportunity for this exchange. This may seem like trivial quibbling, but as others have pointed out, and even as Dr Arudou himself has documented regarding his returning of his US passport, his reliability as a true record of events is questionable, and not of the degree of rigour that one would expect from an “independent scholar”.
Next, he touches on the Facebook flare-up, but glosses over, indeed backpedals on, the fact that he capitulated by admitting that “I overreacted, and in an unproductive way”.
There is then a ridiculous section of self-aggrandising, talking about how not having had more than a parking ticket then completing a tiresome paper chase to obtain Japanese citizenship is some sort of feat worthy of respect.
We then think of the children:
OK, how will you react the 100th time (or the fifth time in a day) that you hear, “Oh, what cute gaijin kids!”
I’ve told you a million times, don’t exaggerate! And wouldn’t his sprogs have been called “haafu”s? I’m not going give myself nightmares by revisiting his archives to find out exactly how he classified them.
We’re fully formed adults — we can take these sucker punches
But wasn’t this article all about how he didn’t take the “You don’t look Japanese” sucker punch? Indeed he agrees:
But if they articulate thoughts inaccurate, unkind or alienating about us or the people we care for, we should reserve the right to push back accordingly
I’d be confused, but I’m already sucker punch-drunk from reading this guff.
Another thing, with him being out of the country he seems totally unaware of the coverage of two new star haafu sportsmen, the next Usain Bolt, Ghanaian-fathered Sani Brown Abdul Hakim (Ghana Web credits his ability to his Japanese mother), and one of the two Koushien Kaibutsu, some kid with a Nigerian (I think) father. I’m sure he’ll find a way to spin it all negatively (kaibutsu – scary black monster!), just like he has warned Ariana Miyamoto, Miss Universe Japan (respect to her PR team!) that she surely faces “frustration” when she fails to change Japan.
On a side note, Eido’s comment on his lack of negative experiences was deleted from the Japan Times, as was, apparently, a naturalised Japanese commenting on Arudou’s Facebook page that he travels very regularly without any similar bother from immigration.
Finally, as a bonus, here is some Vogon poetry.