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melonbarmonsterJul. 15, 2015 - 04:59AM JST
For those of you not schooled in the US and not familiar with feminist critical theory, there is a history in American popular culture and media where ASIAN WOMEN are objectified and fetishized as being subservient, exotic and sexualized. This has profound implications in how Asian women are portrayed, treated, oppressed, victimized. Feminists and Asian American feminists would not be ok with cartoon characters with 8 year old features being portrayed with hyper exaggerated sexual features. These women were probably saw the museum portraying an early fetishization of Asian women and culture by having museum goers dress up and reenact the fetishization. You can argue that it's acceptable and there is a sense of naivety when MOnet did it but it's not ok in 2015. This is not my position, I'm just giving you a possible reason for why these women were protesting. Seems like a lot of you never learned feminist theories and are making racist comments about Koreans and Chinese instead. Nippon Ganbare.
Posted in: Boston museum cancels 'Kimono Wednesdays' after racism protests
melonbarmonsterJul. 12, 2015 - 05:21AM JST
You're not cool when you have to pay crapload of money to tell people that you're "cool"
Posted in: Gackt lashes out at Cool Japan: 'Almost no results of Japanese culture exported overseas'
melonbarmonsterJul. 12, 2015 - 04:23AM JST
Obviously protests were by overly zealous Asian-American feminist grad school student types. Pretty run of mill especially at an academic town like Boston. But this is real racist comment: "YuriOtaniJUL. 09, 2015 - 07:26AM I think the protestors were Korean." Maybe they were, maybe they were Chinese-Am but dragging in racist assumptions is the real racism to be noted here.
melonbarmonsterJul. 07, 2015 - 01:33AM JST
eh so over dramatic. The Women's NT is still about 3 times better than the Men's NT.
Posted in: Japanese soccer fans turn to drink as Nadeshiko sink
You kind of saw that coming. US was peaking at the right moment and IMO the winning team is the best women's football team ever. Good on Japan for making it 4-2 at one point in the game but US would've rolled over any team in the tournament.
Posted in: U.S. beats Japan 5-2 to win Women's World Cup
melonbarmonsterMay. 16, 2015 - 04:42AM JST
Those Samsung phones have been out for some time already in Korea, Europe and US.
Posted in: Docomo launches 10 new mobile devices for summer
melonbarmonsterMay. 13, 2015 - 03:37AM JST
Japan is the ONLY country in the world that has modernized, industrialized, democratized and still struggles with fascist ideology from 20th century. You can point to atrocities committed by US, Korea, or European countries but none of these countries deny their past history let alone glorify it the way that Japan does.
Posted in: Academics call on Japan to face up to its history
melonbarmonsterApr. 14, 2015 - 04:10AM JST
LOLOL. Ok I think it's pretty definitive end to this "deabte" when even the "takeshima" crowd can't give half-nonhilarious response. So multiple maps made by Japanese academics show Dokdo as being Korean property and so far the responses are: 1. Just bc it's not within Japan doesn't mean it's KOrea's. LOL cartographer even colored Dokdo same color as Korea. 2. The boundary lines that show Dokdo as being outside of Japan and Korea aren't "national boundary" lines. LOL. I guess not since in their view the other side of line is Korea which was soon to be part of Japan. 3. Koreans have to use Japanese map bc they can't even plot Dokdo in their own map. LOLOL. No there are plenty of Korean maps that show Dokdo within Korean boundary. I'm just showing Japanese maps for obvious reasons. Give me a break.
Posted in: S Korea condemns Japan's approval of history textbooks
melonbarmonsterApr. 13, 2015 - 11:23PM JST
Thats pretty stupid but someone should've spoke up and told them to shut and stop bothering everyone.
Posted in: Group of teenage Thai actors punished for dancing on Japanese train
melonbarmonsterApr. 13, 2015 - 11:21PM JST
No, unless you want to South Korea bringing in 500 abducted by North Korea and N and S Korea jointly bringing 5.4 million abducted during Japanese occupation in the discussion.
Posted in: Should the abductee issue be part of the agenda for the six-nation talks on North Korea’s nuclear program?
melonbarmonsterApr. 11, 2015 - 02:54AM JST
LOL. The Japanese maps clearly show the boundary going around Ullungdo and Dokdo but the boundary is not "national boundary"?? LOL I suppose that's true since Japan invaded Korea and claimed the entire peninsula. You have to be blind not see the line delineating Korea and Japan. The "other island" is described as being separated to Ullungdo as Oki is to Japanese mainland. That's Dokdo. These are some laughable claims.
melonbarmonsterApr. 10, 2015 - 01:05AM JST
Japanese Ministry of Culture 1887 shows Dokdo to be Korean territory: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7dyREffv9bw/UD6hdm48nMI/AAAAAAAAG0I/PIh9tyiqCvM/s1600/Dokdo+in+Japanese+Textbook.jpg There are dozens of these Japanese historical references that indicate Dokdo as Korean territory. Not a single Korean historical reference makes the counter-mistake.
melonbarmonsterApr. 10, 2015 - 12:40AM JST
These things are buggy as hell. You would also need a bluetooth keyboard and mouse on hand and you would have a window's 8.1 tablet on your tv screen.
Posted in: Improved stick-style PC with a CPU cooling fan built-in
melonbarmonsterApr. 08, 2015 - 05:11AM JST
There's hundreds of tons of radioactive water spilling into the land and ocean. This is nothing new. Between the plastic waste and Fukushima radiation...
Posted in: Radiation from Fukushima disaster detected off Canada's coast
melonbarmonsterApr. 07, 2015 - 11:58PM JST
No Japan you did not "discover" Dokdo terra nullis in 1905 and then get "invited" to take over Korea in 1909. Let's stop with the BS, call it as it is and move on please. Jeez louise. Anything involving land claims in and around 1900's with Korea is a losing cause.
melonbarmonsterApr. 03, 2015 - 11:26PM JST
I actually looked this up. Seems like there's several Japanese botany publications from a 1939 Japanese botany publication as well as 1989 agricultural report from Tsukuba University on plants that describes yoshino being brought from Jejudo Island. With recent DNA tests show Jejudo king's cherry DNA markers showing up on yoshino which isn't surprising since yoshino is a hybrid. It may also be true that these flowers can be traced to Tibet just like all humanity can be traced back to Africa. Enjoy the friggin flowers and leave the nationalism out.
Posted in: Blooming row over cherry blossoms splits China, S Korea, Japan
melonbarmonsterApr. 03, 2015 - 10:50PM JST
In the 90's it was the hordes of tacky dressed Japanese tourists with oversized camereas infesting world cities but now it's the loud and rude Chinese tourists... good grief.
Posted in: Singer Gackt claims he was victim of discrimination in Paris hotel
melonbarmonsterApr. 03, 2015 - 05:06AM JST
Good grief all the China and Korea hate and pro-Japan chest thumping. What's the use of complaining about China or Korea if you're going to do the exact behavior you are supposedly deriding?
melonbarmonsterMar. 23, 2015 - 11:21PM JST
The fact that this guy is not locked up but given sanctuary in Japan where his acts are fetishized and exploited for entertainment purposes is a shameful blemish on Japanese society. I feel badly for the girl's family and friends who has to live with the tragedy of what this animal has done while this guys continues to get press attention and living out his pathetic life into old age.
Posted in: 'Paris Cannibal' Sagawa reminisces over his grisly crime
melonbarmonsterMar. 23, 2015 - 06:42AM JST
Seeing that right wing sees WWII and Imperial Japan with nostalgia as a glorious period in Japanese history, see Yasukuni and appendaged museum as proof, this is not that far off. Of the Axis countries, Japan had conquered most territory, even beating out Germany. Abe and the right wing sees that, not with remorse or as a dark period of Japanese history. This is a key motivator for the right wing. There is a insidious underbelly and frankly those who are protesting should all be given some sort of reward.
Posted in: No to Abe
Jul. 31, 2015 - 12:01PM JST
Meanwhile, in Taiwan they are reflecting on what Beijing has done:
Posted in: China, Russia to hold military drills in Sea of Japan
Jul. 31, 2015 - 11:57AM JST
I can understand people wearing those long sleeved swimming tops out in the sun but what…
Posted in: Packed pool
Jul. 31, 2015 - 11:54AM JST
I hope you're not confused by the caption.
Local governments cannot "legally" recognize same-sex partnerships. They…
Posted in: Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward to begin legally recognizing same-sex partnerships
Jul. 31, 2015 - 11:51AM JST
records show that over six meetings the JSC did not once discuss estimated construction costs.
Posted in: Japan ruling party to recommend sacking of Olympic sports association head
Jul. 31, 2015 - 11:47AM JST
I think it's a shame that grown-ups understand that by "same-sex" marriage, a couple gets married…