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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Now That Black History Month is Over .. What???

Japanese word of the week - Taihen - 大変 - たいへん - Difficult situation / hard work / Difficult


Days 1803 - 1809
( Sunday, February 24 - Saturday, March 2, 2013 )

Day 1803 ( Racism In Japan Report )
Sunday, February 24, 2013

Came in this morning at 8pm from a party. I slept a bit then performed in Harajuku, Tokyo for the end of month writer's block poetry thing. I did a dub poem called "Give me one more chance".

Here is the performance



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American teacher’s spin on Japan’s racism riles Net nationalists



Miki Dezaki, who first arrived in Japan on a teacher exchange program in 2007, wanted to learn about the nation that his parents had once called home.

He taught English, explored the country and affectionately chronicled his cross-cultural adventures on social media, most recently on YouTube, where he gained a small following for videos like “Hitchhiking Okinawa” and the truly cringe-worthy “What Americans think of Japan.” One of them, on the experience of being gay in Japan, attracted 75,000 views and dozens of thoughtful comments.

Dezaki didn't think the reaction to his latest video was going to be any different, but he was wrong. “If I should have anticipated something, I should have anticipated the Net ‘uyoku’ (rightwingers),” he said, referring to the informal army of young, hyper-nationalist Japanese Web users who tend to descend on any article — or person — they perceive as critical of Japan.



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Day 1804 ( What is Black History Month Really )
Monday, February 25, 2013

Bought KFC after work today then did Bible study via skype in the evening.


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Now That Black History Month is Over .. What???

All Black Americans!!!

So I've never been a strong proponent of this "Black history month" thing ever since I learnt about it the first time via cable TV. Back in about 1996 or there about. Jamaicans for the most part didn't know a thing about this "Black History month" business until the dawn of cable TV. I mean, I am not against it or anything and I admire Blacks in America for coming up with something like this, because they were pretty much written out of history for some reason. But it made me wonder 2 main things:

1) Is it only 1 month for black history?????????

2) Should there also be an Asian history month, Latin history month etc as well?

3) Relating to number 1, do we stop celebrating Black history because February is over?

I also couldn't help but notice that black history month focus almost exclusively on Black Americans...What about Caribbean nationals? And those in Africa as well??? Maybe it should be renamed "Black American History Month"

It was really messed up what Black people in America had to go through then, and some are still going through now in America. So Black history month somehow offer some power and encouragement to Blacks in America I am guessing. If you watch the movie Lincoln, you will get a gist of what Blacks had to endure to get freedom from messed up greedy white people especially in the American South. And even after that great civil war where hundreds of thousands died over a 4 year period, there is still resentment by some southern whites today. They want back their cotton picking slaves.

Still however, Black history month is predominantly a Black American thing. And if it offers empowerment to them, then more power to them.

I found this article to be almost echoing my thoughts. Its long but a good read.

Black history month and 'girls with hats' at Jamaica Day
Black Americans denied space in their nation's history by white Americans created their own game -- black history. We are not Americans. Black (adjective) people here are in history. Back then we were objects, now we are subjects of our history. When Cabinets and educators relegate our history to second place it is heresy.

I put my own history before the black inventor of the clothes dryer -- a device we don't need and can't afford. Black history is good for African-Americans. Ours is good for us and we should know the history of Ghana, all West Africa, Britain, Spain, India, Lebanon, China, of all our "out of many one people". We should know the history of Ethiopia, as it is home of the prophet of Rasta, much as the Christian messiah is a Middle Eastern brown-skinned man from Nazareth. What a life, eeeh?




We tend to borrow ideas and not think them through; are guided by bumper-sticker wisdom, not serious thinkers. Few know any history, can simulate the future or proffer helpful advice. Blackness does not make us Jamaican. The essence of a Jamaican is loyalty, commitment to country and is found in many colours. More "born ya" black people "run to foreign" than any other shade, and every year we exclude many citizens by our racial (racist?), colour-coded, foreign-mind black history month.
We rub the faces of our rainbow citizens in 30 days of this pap, yet we do not celebrate one day of Jamaican or West Indian history? Is it in GSAT? CSEC? So why?
White Americans write blacks out of their history, but is this not what we do to our other citizens? I believe next year we will see Jamaica's variegated history take top spot and we may still celebrate the genius of black Americans with their embassy for a few days.

The Gleaner runs a series on Jamaican killers; they are not black, white or yellow, just Jamaican. When the London police caught the violent rapist in the longest crime spree in British history (40 + years) he was not labelled black, but Jamaican. We are a brand, not all good, but let us praise the good and great among us!
The scion of Africa in America created black history month for inclusion, self-esteem and manhood, but their society remains unconvinced they are equals, and Obama's triumphs bring out the worst. Why? American slavery was bitter and personal as masters lived "cheek by jowl" with slaves.
Our slave owner "toffs" lived in Britain, not here. They had agents, so slavery was not as personal. We had no Jim Crow, were not called nigger, the Mason Dixon line was not of us. Our slavery was business, as blacks and whites did not compete for social space as in America.

Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Black-history-month-and--girls-with-hats--at-Jamaica-Day_13747317#ixzz2MqTzliUz


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Day 1805 ( More On Current Racism In America )
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Met my Vietnamese-American friend (who currently lives in Hokkaido) today. He spent 2 years on the JET program but decided that Hokkaido is just too far from everywhere. So he is going to try out another job when his contract ends in summer. JET had a "Life after JET" sort of conference in Yokohama, so I met him near the Yokohama station.

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Race-based demands by U.S. patients lead to lawsuits



It has been called one of the “open secrets” in the U.S. medical world — allowing patients to refuse treatment by a doctor or nurse of another race.
In the latest example, a white man with a swastika tattoo insisted that black nurses not be allowed to touch his newborn. Now two black nurses are suing the hospital, claiming it bowed to his illegal demands.
The Michigan cases are among several lawsuits filed in recent years that highlight the seldom-discussed issue, which persists almost 60 years after the start of the civil rights movement. The American Medical Association’s ethics code bars doctors from refusing to treat people based on race, gender and other criteria, but there are no specific policies for handling race-based requests from patients.





Tonya Battle, a veteran nurse at Flint’s Hurley Medical Center, filed the first complaint against the hospital and a nursing manager, claiming a note posted on an assignment clipboard read, “No African-American nurse to take care of baby.” Battle says the note was later removed but black nurses weren’t assigned to care for the baby for about a month because of their race. That case is now a federal lawsuit.


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Day 1806 ( One Love Japan Website / Pope Resigns )
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I didn't have my evening student today because he had a cold. So I stayed in and blogged for the most part.

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The one love festival has a website now.


http://www.onelovejamaicafestival.jp/ja


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Emotional pope celebrates final Sunday prayers




Pope Benedict XVI delivered an emotional final Sunday prayer in St. Peter’s Square, saying God had told him to devote himself to quiet contemplation but pledging not to “abandon” the church.
Tens of thousands of supporters turned out for Benedict’s weekly Angelus prayer, his last ahead of his formal resignation on Thursday, often interrupting him with clapping, cheering and chanting.
Too many scandals in the Catholic church
In an announcement that shocked the globe, the 85-year-old leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics said earlier this month he will be stepping down because he lacks the strength to carry on.
He is the first pope since the Middle Ages to resign.
The final days of his pontificate, however, are being overshadowed by scandal over two cardinals — one accused of covering up pedophile abusers and the other accused of “inappropriate acts” — who are set to take part in the conclave to elect his successor.
Vatican officials Sunday informed the pope of one of the new scandals, that Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric allegedly engaged in “intimate” behavior with priests.


http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/02/26/world/emotional-pope-celebrates-final-sunday-prayers/#.UThxNKLqjoI




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Day 1807 ( Messed Up Jamaican Singers )
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Today should have been my final company meeting with the other Elementary School English teachers. But I decided not to go because I wasn't feeling well. I did feel better as soon as I got home though :)

In the evening, I had dinner with a teacher at my worst school. He recently completed his doctorate in Chemistry but he wants to be an elementary school teacher ???? What tha!!!! Any way, we spoke about quite a bit of stuff including why he wants to become an elementary school teacher etc. He said he once rode on his bicycle through Thailand for a week. A grand total of 800km / 497 miles. Why? Only the Lord knows.

While in the restaurant, I saw a Rastafarian guy walked in with a Japanese lady. So I told the teacher that I have a feeling he was Jamaican. So I asked the Rastafarian if he was Jamaican, and he said yes. I thought that I saw him at some events before. Then he said he was the one who brought I-Octane (A famous reggae singer in Jamaica) to Japan in 2011. He also brought several other Jamaican artist like Terry Linen and more. He had negative comments about most of them. He said he had to buy 3 different tickets for Terry Linen (from Jamaica to Japan - Average cost 180,000 yen / $US2000 for 1) because he kept missing his flights.

This is Terry Linen - A better man really???

To be honest, I had no clue who was Terry Linen until I did a google search... So if you didn't know who he was, even as a Jamaican, then no problem. The rasta guy said he ended up eventually spending around 2 million yen (US $20,000) on this guy alone and hardly made back any profit. However, Terry Linen made approx 3 million yen just from dub plates!!!

Then he started telling me about I-Octane. Actually I went to his concert back in September 2011, probably this is where I remember seeing this Rastafarian guy. He said I-Octane did all his concerts except the very last and most crucial one. He said he had to pay down a big percentage of the fee for I-Octane to do his final performance. However, while the Rastafarian was waiting in the hotel for I-Octane, he heard that I-Octane was already on a flight to go to New York to another show. So he lost all that money. Then when he was trying to get back in contact with I-Octane....his (I-Octane's) agents' or bad man fren dem (gangsters maybe) was telling him no ends of expletives.

Doesn't look like someone who would run off with your down payment does he??

He however said singers like Christopher Martin and Konchens are not like this because they have some understanding of how to do business.


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Day 1808 ( Dennis Rodman aka the Worm in North Korea!! )
Friday, March 1, 2013

Had 6 classes at my main school, 2 classes at the YMCA then went home.

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Dennis Rodman worms way into North Korea



Former NBA star an ambassador for sports diplomacy at tense time



Wow never saw this happening in a million years


Former NBA star Dennis Rodman brought his basketball skills and flamboyant style — tattoos, nose studs and all — to the country with possibly the world’s strictest dress code: North Korea.
Arriving in Pyongyang, the American athlete and showman known as “The Worm” became an unlikely ambassador for sports diplomacy at a time of heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. Or maybe not so unlikely: Young leader Kim Jong Un is said to have been a fan of the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s, when Rodman won three championships with the team.
Rodman is joining three members of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team and a VICE magazine correspondent for a news show on North Korea that will air on HBO later this year.
Kim loved Basket ball and his favourite team was the Chicago Bulls
The notoriously unpredictable and irrepressible Rodman might seem an odd fit for regimented North Korea, where men’s fashion rarely ventures beyond military khaki and where growing facial hair is forbidden. Shown a photo of a snarling Rodman, piercings dangling from his lower lip and two massive tattoos emblazoned on his chest, one Pyongyang resident recoiled and said: “He looks like a monster!”
But Rodman is also a Hall of Fame basketball player and one of the best defenders and rebounders to ever play the game. During a storied, often controversial career, he won five NBA championships — a feat appreciated even in North Korea.



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Day 1809 (  )
Saturday, March 2, 2013

Today was just work at the YMCA then back home.


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As requested by Surya....
Here is a video of me teaching.



This was back in 2008 when I just got to Japan. I don't jump around like this anymore. Mainly because its really tiring now and secondly because the space is much smaller with wayy more children.

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