A Downside of Japan

 

I think this picture of a Common Merganser was taken in Florida in 2008. What a gorgeous duck!

What is not so gorgeous are the concerns raised in this article I found about the experience of a woman of color in Japan. 

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2023/06/19/voices/note-people-color-interested-living-japan/

"Long-term, if you can tolerate, dismiss or ignore being the object of constant stereotype-laced presumptions, irrational fear or untoward curiosity — you’ll probably have a great time in Japan. If you’re not that person, you can still power through and reach your objectives. The students understood, sadly, it’s familiar ground to many Black Americans. It’s not the first time they’ve had to choose how to respond to ignorance. But, how do you process these interactions in a way that doesn’t negatively impact your self-esteem? Figuring that out will be your key to success here."

That is some beautiful writing! At the same time, I am saddened by this state of affairs in Japan. I am certainly going to do my part to address "Japan’s pervasive xenophobic and exclusivity mindset."

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