Discrimination is discrimination

Hey JC, discrimination is discrimination, but the “reverse” in “reverse discrimination” implies that the victim of such discrimination is being subjected to a similar discrimination. Yeah, right. As if Bakke was denied admission because he was considered intellectually inferior because of his race, or because the majority categorized him and everyone else of his race as less privileged simply because he was the wrong color. So, yeah, I agree with you, “reverse discrimination” is a term we should reconsider.

According to tiggerj, “writing about all these topics are cathartic…” I agree.

So let me purge myself by sharing one of my pet peeves: Why do the Japanese in Japan call me by my first name? Isn’t that a kind of discrimination? A way of setting me apart because of my nationality, or worse, to stigmatize me as not being Japanese?

This thought really bothered me a few years ago when I was living in Japan. I went to get a haircut and the male hairdresser, thinking I was Japanese greeted me and began to cut my hair. I had signed in as 花見りお, and he commented that my first name was rather cool. ご両親はしゃれてますね。「りお」って名前をつけて、コッコいいですね。 (You’re parents are hip. Giving you a name like Leo is pretty cool. )

I replied: 実は、あめりかじんだから、Leoって別にしゃれた名前じゃないですよ(Actually, I知 American so Leo is not an especially cool name.)

Well, we continued to talk as he cut my hair, when I realized that he was now calling me by my first name: りおさん、頭をゆすぎます.(Leo-san, I will rinse your hair.)

Hmm。… What痴 this all about? If he were talking to any other first-time customer, he would never call them by their first name. What made me so different?

So I asked him, and his response was:りおさんはアメリカジンで、アメリカではファーストネームを使うのでは…(You池e American, and so don稚 they use first names in America?)

Ooooh, I get it. How IGNORANT can I be? So when this hairdresser comes to the US, I should refer to him as Mr. Suzuki (not his real name)–unlike my associates Bob, Carol, Ted, and Alice–because, IN JAPAN THEY USE LAST NAMES WITH EACH OTHER.

His response? それは、ちょっと不愉快ですね.(That would be a bit uncomfortable.)

DUH!

Purge, purge, purge!

Happy New Year
This is the year of the Monkey. And for my money, the guy on the right knows how to spend his New Years, in an Onsen (hot spring). You know life is growing difficult when you begin to envy a monkey, no, no, a phot of a monkey! The end of the world must be near. Hahahahaah

Hope all of you have a wonderful 2004!

I just saw an interesting anime called “Voice of the Distant Star”. Anyone familiar with it. I have to see it again, but it was kinda interesting, dealing with the incongruities between time and space. It also came with a short anime piece called “She and Her Cat” (Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko). It was really cute and funny and B/W and well made. The short piece alone was worth the rental.

You choose the music
Over the past few months, I have complained about a few things that make certain pages load slowly, such as emoticons. Well, music also slows down pages, so I have taken it off. If I didn’t, I would feel like a hypocrite, especially after a couple of readers told me what a pain it was at times. But I have put links above in case some of you want to hear old songs, a juke box of sorts. Just click on the songe you wanna hear and it will play… it should play… If you do decide to give it a listen, let me know which one’s you like; otherwise I will change them at will. Some of the songs don’t have text, so if you want add something, put it in a comment and I will use it.

Happy New Year
This is the year of the Monkey. And for my money, the guy on the right knows how to spend his New Years, in an Onsen (hot spring). You know life is growing difficult when you begin to envy a monkey, no, no, a phot of a monkey! The end of the world must be near. Hahahahaah

Hope all of you have a wonderful 2004!

I just saw an interesting anime called “Voice of the Distant Star”. Anyone familiar with it. I have to see it again, but it was kinda interesting, dealing with the incongruities between time and space. It also came with a short anime piece called “She and Her Cat” (Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko). It was really cute and funny and B/W and well made. The short piece alone was worth the rental.

You choose the music
Over the past few months, I have complained about a few things that make certain pages load slowly, such as emoticons. Well, music also slows down pages, so I have taken it off. If I didn’t, I would feel like a hypocrite, especially after a couple of readers told me what a pain it was at times. But I have put links above in case some of you want to hear old songs, a juke box of sorts. Just click on the songe you wanna hear and it will play… it should play… If you do decide to give it a listen, let me know which one’s you like; otherwise I will change them at will. Some of the songs don’t have text, so if you want add something, put it in a comment and I will use it.

Happy New Year
This is the year of the Monkey. And for my money, the guy on the right knows how to spend his New Years, in an Onsen (hot spring). You know life is growing difficult when you begin to envy a monkey, no, no, a phot of a monkey! The end of the world must be near. Hahahahaah

Hope all of you have a wonderful 2004!

I just saw an interesting anime called “Voice of the Distant Star”. Anyone familiar with it. I have to see it again, but it was kinda interesting, dealing with the incongruities between time and space. It also came with a short anime piece called “She and Her Cat” (Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko). It was really cute and funny and B/W and well made. The short piece alone was worth the rental.

You choose the music
Over the past few months, I have complained about a few things that make certain pages load slowly, such as emoticons. Well, music also slows down pages, so I have taken it off. If I didn’t, I would feel like a hypocrite, especially after a couple of readers told me what a pain it was at times. But I have put links above in case some of you want to hear old songs, a juke box of sorts. Just click on the songe you wanna hear and it will play… it should play… If you do decide to give it a listen, let me know which one’s you like; otherwise I will change them at will. Some of the songs don’t have text, so if you want add something, put it in a comment and I will use it.

Happy New Year
This is the year of the Monkey. And for my money, the guy on the right knows how to spend his New Years, in an Onsen (hot spring). You know life is growing difficult when you begin to envy a monkey, no, no, a phot of a monkey! The end of the world must be near. Hahahahaah

Hope all of you have a wonderful 2004!

I just saw an interesting anime called “Voice of the Distant Star”. Anyone familiar with it. I have to see it again, but it was kinda interesting, dealing with the incongruities between time and space. It also came with a short anime piece called “She and Her Cat” (Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko). It was really cute and funny and B/W and well made. The short piece alone was worth the rental.

You choose the music
Over the past few months, I have complained about a few things that make certain pages load slowly, such as emoticons. Well, music also slows down pages, so I have taken it off. If I didn’t, I would feel like a hypocrite, especially after a couple of readers told me what a pain it was at times. But I have put links above in case some of you want to hear old songs, a juke box of sorts. Just click on the songe you wanna hear and it will play… it should play… If you do decide to give it a listen, let me know which one’s you like; otherwise I will change them at will. Some of the songs don’t have text, so if you want add something, put it in a comment and I will use it.

Happy New Year This is the year of the Monkey. And…

Happy New Year
This is the year of the Monkey. And for my money, the guy on the right knows how to spend his New Years, in an Onsen (hot spring). You know life is growing difficult when you begin to envy a monkey, no, no, a phot of a monkey! The end of the world must be near. Hahahahaah

Hope all of you have a wonderful 2004!

I just saw an interesting anime called “Voice of the Distant Star”. Anyone familiar with it. I have to see it again, but it was kinda interesting, dealing with the incongruities between time and space. It also came with a short anime piece called “She and Her Cat” (Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko). It was really cute and funny and B/W and well made. The short piece alone was worth the rental.

You choose the music
Over the past few months, I have complained about a few things that make certain pages load slowly, such as emoticons. Well, music also slows down pages, so I have taken it off. If I didn’t, I would feel like a hypocrite, especially after a couple of readers told me what a pain it was at times. But I have put links above in case some of you want to hear old songs, a juke box of sorts. Just click on the songe you wanna hear and it will play… it should play… If you do decide to give it a listen, let me know which one’s you like; otherwise I will change them at will. Some of the songs don’t have text, so if you want add something, put it in a comment and I will use it.

Discrimination is discrimination

Hey JC, discrimination is discrimination, but the “reverse” in “reverse discrimination” implies that the victim of such discrimination is being subjected to a similar discrimination. Yeah, right. As if Bakke was denied admission because he was considered intellectually inferior because of his race, or because the majority categorized him and everyone else of his race as less privileged simply because he was the wrong color. So, yeah, I agree with you, “reverse discrimination” is a term we should reconsider.

According to tiggerj, “writing about all these topics are cathartic…” I agree.

So let me purge myself by sharing one of my pet peeves: Why do the Japanese in Japan call me by my first name? Isn’t that a kind of discrimination? A way of setting me apart because of my nationality, or worse, to stigmatize me as not being Japanese?

This thought really bothered me a few years ago when I was living in Japan. I went to get a haircut and the male hairdresser, thinking I was Japanese greeted me and began to cut my hair. I had signed in as 花見りお, and he commented that my first name was rather cool. ご両親はしゃれてますね。「りお」って名前をつけて、コッコいいですね。 (You’re parents are hip. Giving you a name like Leo is pretty cool. )

I replied: 実は、あめりかじんだから、Leoって別にしゃれた名前じゃないですよ.(Actually, I知 American so Leo is not an especially cool name.)

Well, we continued to talk as he cut my hair, when I realized that he was now calling me by my first name: りおさん、頭をゆすぎます.(Leo-san, I will rinse your hair.)

Hmm。… What痴 this all about? If he were talking to any other first-time customer, he would never call them by their first name. What made me so different?

So I asked him, and his response was:りおさんはアメリカジンで、アメリカではファーストネームを使うのでは…(You池e American, and so don稚 they use first names in America?)

Ooooh, I get it. How IGNORANT can I be? So when this hairdresser comes to the US, I should refer to him as Mr. Suzuki (not his real name)–unlike my associates Bob, Carol, Ted, and Alice–because, IN JAPAN THEY USE LAST NAMES WITH EACH OTHER.

His response? それは、ちょっと不愉快ですね.(That would be a bit uncomfortable.)

DUH!

Purge, purge, purge!