I wonder if white people realize that every time they claim PoC are 'keeping racism alive' but not putting up with bs, that it's actually victim blaming, the thing they love to complain about so much. They don't care about racism being 'kept alive' they just don't like the thought that they could do anything wrong.
Anonymous
Sorry, I have a question for a haafu mod, please! I'm Japanese x Mexican mixed, but I was raised mostly in Japanese (and American) culture, and I consider myself Japanese (白人にしか見えないけど). Lately I've been really wanting to learn about my Latin heritage, but then I worry if I get in to it, I'll somehow not be Japanese anymore. I wonder if there's any feelings like this amoung other haafu/mixed Japanese people? (>< )

I’m Japanese on my father’s side, Korean on my mother’s side. I feel like a lot of us who are mixed are pressured by external forces to put an emphasis on one part of us, instead of the other. Even by my mother’s side of the family, who often heckles me when I talk about wanting to go back home to Japan, and acts as if this in some way makes me “less Korean” or that my loyalty is elsewhere. So I can relate.

Never let anyone or anything make you feel like you have to choose sides. You don’t ever have to choose sides. Your Mexican blood is just as relevant and important as your Japanese and by taking interest in your Mexican heritage, you’re in no way being a traitor to anything or anyone. 

tags: jun +

There are a few asks about TESOL/ESL/EFL in the inbox right now…

a) Read through our teaching English in Japan, teaching English abroad, and English language imperialism tags.  Also google is your friend in finding out more about the problems and criticisms of teaching English abroad.

b) We are not your career counselors and no, you do not get a pass just because you feel guilty about your dream future being problematic.

tags: Aki +
I wrote to you because I was looking for an actual Japanese persons account and advice on the typical University teacher's "uniform". I can easily google it and read a ton of different suggestions on the topic but I was hoping to get a more interesting response from the mods of this blog.
Anonymous

thisisnotjapan:

Different mod here. Well, you definitely got a more interesting response.

This blog is about cultural appropriation and racism. Sometimes we’ll answer general advice questions, if they’re on point and we can give a useful answer, but we are absolutely NOT here to serve as unpaid resource on how to make money in Japan, how to get a Japanese boyfriend/girlfriend, how to become a manga artist, etcetera. Submit those questions at your own risk. The best that can happen is that they’ll be ignored/deleted.

Aki here.  I’m calling bullshit on anon on this second ask too.  You could easily google BUT YOU DIDN’T.  We are not your fucking research peons and if you had actually bothered to do your own research, you would have readily found information from *gasp* actual Japanese people and Japanese-run dispatch companies on working in a college/university setting, and it is in English no less.  Don’t fucking use “I wanted an interesting response” to excuse your laziness and entitlement to our time.

Would getting a tattoo of an origami elephant (b/c I think it looks cool) be considered cultural appropriation? I asked reverseracism this question and was referred to you

Origami has elements that are traditional and elements that are modern/open to global reinterpretation. As far as I know the design as stated isn’t appropriation, although tattoo questions are always really complicated, and it’s going to depend on context and execution.

tags: Solace + origami + smallestviolin +
I wrote to you because I was looking for an actual Japanese persons account and advice on the typical University teacher's "uniform". I can easily google it and read a ton of different suggestions on the topic but I was hoping to get a more interesting response from the mods of this blog.
Anonymous

Different mod here. Well, you definitely got a more interesting response.

This blog is about cultural appropriation and racism. Sometimes we’ll answer general advice questions, if they’re on point and we can give a useful answer, but we are absolutely NOT here to serve as unpaid resource on how to make money in Japan, how to get a Japanese boyfriend/girlfriend, how to become a manga artist, etcetera. Submit those questions at your own risk. The best that can happen is that they’ll be ignored/deleted.

tags: Solace + StopUsingPeopleofColorasGoogle2k14 + Anonymous +
why your blog is full of hate? if your trying to educate people on being offensive to x group of people, why not do so helpfully, in a way that doesn't make me feel like a kkk member simply for being born with pale skin.

Seriously? If what we’re saying here is making you feel like a KKK member then guess what dude, that’s your white guilt speaking, that has nothing to do with us. Your white guilt is 1000000% none of our problem.. 

tags: jun + white guilt +
this blog is a fucking joke. so its wrong that im white and i like japanese food or japanese music or japanese men? well if you folks are japanese then i guess you better get off the internet, that was made by white people, electricity was made by white people so you should stop using that too. :)
Anonymous

………..

Did you just say that electricity was made by white people? 

What a tired ass argument this is. Well, by that logic, do me a favor and pick up the closest object near you. Your phone, the mouse, the mousepad, a cup. Do me a favor and pick that object up and you see on the back or bottom where it says “MADE IN …”?

Go ahead and read that for us. I can guess what it might say. 

tags: jun + anyone need a hint? +
What is the best course of action if someone is claiming to be half-Japanese, but they look completely white in their pictures and act exactly like a white person fetishizing Japanese people? They're also fictivekin with an anime character.
Anonymous

Tread lightly.

There is such thing as white-passing and it’s incredibly offensive to question the ethnicity of someone just based on how you perceive their physical appearance.

That being said, i’ve seen those types of weaboos before too. I suppose there’s no definite way to determined whether they’re lying or not, as even if they are, they’re bound to be stubborn and refuse to give up on their facade. 

tags: jun +
Hi!! I have a character I'm writing in my YA Novel who is half Black, half Japanese. She is named after her deceased older brother, Kaiba. Admittedly, I first heard this word floating around on Tumblr and when I designed the character the name and its meaning just "clicked". However, upon further research I discovered that this is not a "real" name. I am somewhat attached to it as it is consistent with her characterization, but I don't want to bastardize the Japanese language. What should I do?
Anonymous

It’s a problem when people smash together two syllables in an attempt to create what relatively resembles a Japanese or Korean name. But, I suppose that’s ultimately up to you. 海馬 is the name of some characters, but if authenticity is what you’re going for, well.. 

tags: jun +

letsdancetothestereotypes:

Lmao it’s so funny when people deem something offensive to japanese culture, they immediately tag thisisnotjapan to argue for them like “OSHIT A WHITE GIRL SAID KAWAII BETTER GO REPORT THIS TO THE CULTERAL APPRORPRIATION POLICE”

Why are we being tagged in this
leave us alone

probably none since you got 0 notes(until now) with your shitty blog that probably has like -5 followers but hey

tags: probably will get our hate followers + but hey + you can all b happy together + eri + weird anti-sj shit +

maplesuhtori:

*talking to white*
me: hey montgomery we’re friends right? can i ask you a question?
timothy: my name is actually chester but yes
me: why did you pass the chinese exclusion act in 1882

Do you think the anti-blackness in Asia is fueled by white supremacy and white people's racism against blacks?
Anonymous

I think that that part is really important not to forget for context, but ultimately we’re all (non-black poc) responsible for our own anti-blackness.

tags: Anonymous + eri +
So ideally how would you like the world to be? Who'd be in power? If anyone
Anonymous

twilekmaniac:

thisisnotjapan:

You must be white.  Always going back to this assumption that someone/some group MUST have power over others even in an “ideal” world.  Benevolent power holder(s) is an illusion made by those with power so that they can absolve themselves of guilt at the inherent inequality they benefit from.

They did say “if anyone.” They never said that there absolutely had to be someone in power. I’m sure I’ll get hate for this, but I’m just pointing out that people are mad about something that wasn’t said at all.

Really? Like you can’t read that the “if anyone” is clearly an after thought?  That the presumption of someone in power is STILL FUCKING THERE if you have to ask that sort of question to begin with?  And I wasn’t mad about anything, just pointing out shit about power dynamics and the tendency for white people to imagine ideal worlds that still have power imbalances, but funny that you thought I was mad in my reply.  Talk about reading shit that wasn’t there.

tags: Aki +
Are there any sj blogs for Vietnam/Vietnamese? If you know of any please let me know!
Anonymous
tags: Anonymous +