Calling the Dokdo Crusader!

I couldn’t help noticing parallels with Japan in this story from Korea, right down to these photos:

The story also has the old chestnut:

If I took a seat, the seat next to me would often remain empty even during rush hours in crowded subways

Paging Yokohama’s Osaka pal! (I note also that that guy’s son blamed his inability to get a convenience store job on his dreadlocks, not on the colour of his skin; what a Blapologist!)

There’s also the hard to fathom being strangled by a Samsung employee in a taxi (how did that all come about – the lack of details lessens the impact, I feel) and this familiar statement:

the police refused to take any action on the grounds that “racial discrimination does not exist in Korea.”

There’s more on this reddit thread, including a link to a quite impressive Koreapologist:

“The billions of pieces of human genetic code sequenced thus far are most notable for what they do not appear to contain – a genetic test to tell one race of people from another. All scientific finds point to the conclusion that race doesn’t exist”
This means the Bible is correct and there is no such thing as racism, just hatred for others ― and that is sin. Korea is not racist and racism is not serious in this country; sin is, and that is not limited to the Korean people, for the westerner is as guilty as those they falsely accuse. 

Umm, if you say so.

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  1. Right now I’m just waiting to find out if I can start being racist toward Scottish people.

  2. Why is it the academics have to bear the lion’s share of Asian racism? It’s like Asians hate learning or something.

  3. Hm. Somebody should do a thesis on that.

  4. If white people living in japan are uncle toms, what does that make mr. dope graffiti?

  5. i’m sorry, house negros. i left my racism key word book in the fields.

  6. For those who prefer to look down on noob hapless gaijin from on high check out the comments here….

    I especially liked this one….

    ” I know so many “foreigners” who came to Japan because they loved it, then a few years later can’t even venture out of their apartments because it’s so exhausting to deal with the gaijin treatment.

    The people who seem to do the best are those who just speak English, hang out with “internationally-minded” friends (i.e., other English speakers), and don’t try too hard to fit in.

    At the other end of the spectrum, Debito Arudou is pretty much the poster child for being “othered.” He became a Japanese citizen, which only seems to have stressed him out further. I’m trying not to get to that point. Beer helps.”


  7. Christ, I feel like slitting my wrists reading that.

    “Gaijins! Avoid the existential burden of ever meaning anything to anyone ever other than “that foreigner” by only ever associating with other equally meaningless people. Do NOT build a career. Do NOT settle down. Plan your ENTIRE LIFE around leaving next week because you miss a decent hamburger and getting shot in the face.”

  8. But to brighten the mood, elsewhere there is a picture of Dr. Whoever in a hat collecting his scraps from the Master’s table. That dichotomy has to be worth a thesis on its own.


    oh, and that picture…just so…deer in the headlights…maybe someone spoke English to him…

  10. KT88 (ザッ ironnacyst)

    @iLikedolphins: Either that or a local Japanese with peer-reviewed publications who actually worked for his/her doctorate sat next to him and started micr-agressing him over being a liberal arts major… by being Japanese and sitting next to him…

  11. Congratulations to Dr A. on being awarded his Ph.D.
    But does that mean his title has been Mis Appropriated until now? Or are Japanese Ph.D. graduands permitted early use of the “Doctor” honorific?

  12. Until I see him doing the rounds in a hospital with a stethoscope around his neck I’ll never believe he’s a real doctor.

  13. @iLikedolphins:

    There were commenters on who have claimed to do rounds in a hospital with a stethoscope around their necks. They weren’t real doctors either.

  14. Meiji Gakuin? Is that some kind of distance learning school or something?

  15. That was a weird story. I wonder what happened to Doctor Mick Hogan and his Debito blog reading ‘Japanese’ neighbor Michio Matsura…

  16. @Impressed: Just to clarify, it is acceptable practice worldwide to call yourself “Doctor” as soon as you pass the exam (or whatever it is called); you don’t have to wait for the scroll.


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