If there's one thing Our Man can't abide, it's inane Japanese cooking shows. Well, OK, there are an awful lot of other things Our Man doesn't care for, but come the revolution, it will be the Japanese TV "talents" lined up against the Odiaba studio wall first. Death by diakon grater! Er, but Our Man digresses, oh yes, today's sermon is on tolerance and diversity. Can't we all just get along? Probably not, but here's hoping. Three things to consider (let's turn this sermon into a PowerPoint presentation):
1. We're all a minority. Our Man's old man mentioned this little nugget of truth the other day. Consider Our Man. He's a Brit (minority here). He pees standing up (minority in his household). He didn't graduate from a swanky university (minority among J-bloggers).
2. Minorities ROCK. Consider this very smart chap who wrestled with his identity as a Korean born in Japan, until he decided to say f*ck it, I am what I am, and he started using his Korean name and refused to be fingerprinted as a resident alien. That little act of rebellion opened doors and now he's a top political pundit and Todai (like Oxford or Cambridge) uni prof too.
3. The truth is out there, baby. Consider this future smart cookie, Hina, who has written a thoughtful treatise on growing up half white, half Japanese in the US. Her post is on Our Man's favourite sassy feminist blog, Rotten Little Girls, right here.