05 June 2014 ~ 3 Comments

I Thought White People in Japan had it Pretty Easy! Pt. 2: The House Negroes of Japan

I Thought White People in Japan had it Pretty Easy! Pt. 2: The House Negroes of Japan

Ken Tanaka’s video (Please check out Pt. 1 of this post HERE) suggested that white people have it pretty easy in Japan…at least those who are not imbeciles and cry racism at every misunderstanding do. I agree and disagree. (Hate when that happens) Part of me feels as my girl Orchis64 states in her response to [...]

03 June 2014 ~ 12 Comments

I Thought White People in Japan had it Pretty Easy! Pt.1

I Thought White People in Japan had it Pretty Easy! Pt.1

Ken Tanaka, the video producer whose praises were sung loudly here a couple of weeks ago (when I took time out to share my thoughts on a video he produced called: “But We’re Speaking Japanese” ) has hit the airwaves again with the following video sensationally entitled: “Is Japan Racist?” Have a look see:   Some viewers will undoubtedly [...]

29 May 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Paradigm Shift or Merely Anomalous?

Paradigm Shift or Merely Anomalous?

So, I’m leaving the school for the day and Michael, the Nepalese newbie, is out front, surrounded by a group of his Japanese classmates. It  looks pretty confrontational so I move in to investigate. As I get closer I realize that no one is saying anything. Everyone seems poised to speak, eager to communicate, but [...]

27 May 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Somewhere Between India and China

Somewhere Between India and China

As soon as I walked in the office, before I could even reach my desk, one of my colleagues (let’s call her Natsumi) rushes at me in a panic. “Loco-Sensei! Loco Sensei!!” In three years working together I’d never seen her so upset, so it kinda freaked me out. “What is it???” “Eeeeeeto ne,” she [...]

26 May 2014 ~ 4 Comments

Preconceptions are Poisonous Pt. 2

Preconceptions are Poisonous Pt. 2

(Here’s Part 1) I’ve watched Ken Tanaka’s video now about half a dozen times. I heard it called a spoof, but that reduces it to a bit of clowning around at Japanese expense, doesn’t it? Perhaps the use in several instances of hyperbole lent itself to that interpretation. But, IMO, this video is anything but clowning [...]

23 May 2014 ~ 4 Comments

If I See A Black Kid in a Hoodie, I’m Crossing the Street!

If I See A Black Kid in a Hoodie, I’m Crossing the Street!

Mark Cuban, outspoken owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, had this to say about racism to INC.: In other words, if he sees, let’s say, his point guard Monta Ellis, the best (and worst according to Cuban) of both words (he’s both black and tattooed) walking toward him wearing a hoodie, he’d judge the [...]

22 May 2014 ~ 9 Comments

Preconceptions are Poisonous Pt: 1

Preconceptions are Poisonous Pt: 1

I shared a video on LIY yesterday produced by a gentleman who goes  by the name of Ken Tanaka. (Peep his Youtube Channel here) The video is in the process of going viral, hopefully, and I believe it to be worthy of a bit of commentary. Perhaps it is receiving its just desserts on its YouTube [...]

21 May 2014 ~ 3 Comments

The Most Impressive Video I’ve Seen About Japan in a Lonnnnng Time!

The Most Impressive Video I’ve Seen About Japan in a Lonnnnng Time!
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Just in case you missed this exceptional video by Ken Tanaka, called “But We’re Speaking Japanese!” Readers of LIY have read about this tendency in days past, (how I’ve gotten GFs to pretend they don’t speak Japanese just so I can be heard, having my change and even credit cards given to my Japanese companion, etc…) but [...]

21 May 2014 ~ 0 Comments

In a Nutshell

In a Nutshell

Still teaching (since yesterday) the present perfect to my third-year students. I instructed them to ask me questions using “how long?” 1st student: How long have you played basketball? Me: …since I was a child. 2nd student: How long have you eaten hamburgers? Me: …since I was a child. 3rd: How long have you drunk cola? Me: …since I was [...]

20 May 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Present Perfect

Present Perfect

I had a headache all day today, and a shitload of classes so I wasn’t in the best of moods to say the least. I was teaching a class the present perfect tense (I think) and was having the students question me using the grammar. One student asked me, “how long have you played soccer?” [...]