Thursday, August 09, 2007

Debito all too Debito(5)

Debito all too Debito(4)

This time Debito attacks Steven Leeper, the newly-appointed director of the Hiroshima Peace and Culture.

Leeper says:

“I’m afraid I don’t see much of a role for foreigners in the Japanese government. It would never have occurred to me to pursue the position that I am in. I did absolutely nothing to pursue it, and I would not recommend that anyone pursue such a path. From what I have seen and experienced, foreigners who make a commitment to Japan and are willing to give what they can over a very long term get utilized in ways their communities need, and they get rewarded more than fairly for what they give.

In general, though, I see Japan as being a place where Japanese people can go about the business of being Japanese. Those of us who are not Japanese but enjoy living in Japan can learn from them and help them to relate to the outside world. But our influence is and should be rather limited. I personally hope the Japanese will remain quite Japanese. In fact, I wish they would get back to being more Japanese than they are today. For those who like diversity, which I also enjoy, we have the U.S. I truly enjoy both cultures, but I want them to stay different.

it’s clear to Leeper that foreigners (and their Japanese children, one assumes) being in our country somehow sully that and should be constrained. cash

Where did Leeper say that?
Debito wrote;

Never mind that some “foreigners” have been here for a “very long term” indeed (generations), and many have not reaped the ultimately forthcoming “fair rewards” he assures us of. And then there’s the hundreds of thousands of others (like guess who) have even naturalized.
But if these intruders aren’t somehow “Japanese enough” to qualify for GOJ jobs (or aren’t fortunate enough to have one fall into their laps through no fault of their own), they should go someplace more diverse, like America? (which will surely grant them all visas)

Again where did he say that?
And it seems he glorifies the U.S.A.
Didn't he learn American history?
Textbooks do tell how women were denied to vote in many states until 1920 and faced other barrier to upward mobility . Textbooks also tell of barriers confronting racial minorities. The final question Land of Promise asks students following its "Social Mobility" section is "What social barriers prevented black, Indianan, and women from competing on an equal basis with white male colonists? ...The Challenge of Freedom notes, "Not all people, however, enjoyed equal rights or an equal chance to improve their way of life." and goes on to address the issues of sexism and racism. But neither here nor anywhere else do Promise or Challenge (or most other textbooks) hints that opportunity might not be equal today for white Americans of the lower and working classes.
page 213

In the United States the richest fifth of the population earns eleven times as much income as the poorest fifth, one of the highest ratios in the industrial world: in Great Britain the ratio is seven to one, in Japan just four to one. In Japan the average chief executive officer in an automobile-manufacturing firm makes 20 times as much as the average worker in an automobile assembly plant, in the United States he (and it is not she) takes 192 times as much.
page 209 "The lies my teacher told me" Japanese W. Loewen.

If he wants to revolutionise society as he wishes, the USA might be the right place too.

I understand why Leeper might take a 100% Pacifist line–for example, that nuclear weapons should never be used, moreover eliminated from the face of the earth given the damage they do.

Right, that is the difference between Leeper and Debito, who implies that atomic bomb
can be used to massacre civilians for political purposes.

But Leeper is clearly out of bounds when he says that NJ should have no role in the decision making processes of Japan.

Again did he say that?
I wonder why the people who hold Green Card have no right to vote in the United States.

I consider Leeper modest, Debit arrogant-----
Leeper: Japan, you don't have to be like America.
Debit; Japan, you've got to emulate a great country like the U.S.A.
Again I am not against Debito's movement against racism in Japan;I believe education
against racism is in desparately in need in Japan but I am against his
cultural and ideological bias.




Matthew said...

This is the thing with Debito. Either Japan accepts US style multiculturalism and diversity (and presumably Affirmative Action), then Japan is unforgivably racist. Never mind that a nation has a right to protect and honor the culture and customs handed down by their ancestors - Debito does not care about that.

zero said...

Thanks for the comment.
Another commenter said it is Debito who is a racist. I don't go so far as to say that. But I think his bias against Japan based on his view on Super America needs to be corrected.