Q6# Is gaijin smash a good thing or a bad thing?

What do you think of the concept of ‘gaijin smash’ and its relatives?

http://www.gaijinsmash.net/archives/gaijin_smash.phtml

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11 Responses to “Q6# Is gaijin smash a good thing or a bad thing?”

  1. Li Julia Says:

    Gaijin smash seems like ways that foreigners in Japan find a way to act in reflection to the word ‘Gaijin’. My American friends have told me that they’ve done such things in the past, such as trying to get through the gate without a ticket, not following the public rules and when they get questioned by the Japanese, they either walk away or pretend that they don’t understand any Japanese. It is wrong for the Japanese to categorized or to stereotype someone by their looks, but it is also unwise for foreigners in Japan to fulfill these stereotypes rather than trying to change them.

  2. gaijinalways Says:

    But what stereotypes are they fulfilling?

  3. ayamo Says:

    The author of “Gaijin Smash” had done a good job to overturn foreigner’s awkwardness to live in Japan. When they try to be acceptd by Japanese people and fit into Japanese society, mostly it is really hard for them to realize those things. The core assumption that foreigners attempt “Gaijin Smash” is to give up being a part of Japanese culture. They get some characteristics of Japanese culture pretty well and develop it into a special weapon,”Gaijin Smash” to empower themselves to overcome awkwardness in suffocating scenes to live in Japan. Giving up to adjust into local culture is disrespectful but i think this might be a fair counter toward close-minded Japanese people and we can hardly criticize it.

  4. gaijinalways Says:

    But couldn’t you do that in any culture, take advantage of some aspect of the culture?

    And exactly what part of Japanese culture do foreigners take advantage of ?

  5. Minkyung Lee Says:

    oh, this is definitly the overturn of foreigners about the descrimination on them in Japan. They are using their identities as a power on Japanese people instead, so in this case, it’s easy for them(foreigners) to do whatever they want when they meet Japanese or have some problems with the Japanese or something.
    But it seems like they become the same with the Japanese who use the word Gaijin and discriminate them. So i know their mind(foreigners) somewhat but i think it’s more important for them to let Japanese know about their problems toward foreigners.

  6. gaijinalways Says:

    Ming said ‘it’s easy for them(foreigners) to do whatever they want when they meet Japanese or have some problems with the Japanese or something. But it seems like they become the same with the Japanese who use the word Gaijin and discriminate them. ‘

    How are they the same as the Japanese that discriminate aganist them?

    Ming said ‘…but i think it’s more important for them to let Japanese know about their problems toward foreigners.’

    Definately agree, communciation is a wonderful thing.

  7. Yuka Says:

    In my opinion, “Gaijin smash” is not good thing, because gaijin is not recognized such outsider the auther thinks, and if you do gaijin smash, we cannot result anything.
    Certainly, japanese are closed by themselves and forigners canot come into japanese group, but not all of japanese but partial of them have such behavior.
    Actually we are making the space where forigners feel not good to live in. Just when they walk along the street or they take on the train, most of people make a unpleasant fece, because of the difference of the manner, style, behavior and so on. My analysis of this behavior is that they(japanese) doubt the such difference people to prevent from something and they get rid their anxiety first. Then if they cannot find any problem, they pretend a go by. I think the unpleasant face includes one of the curiosity.
    I wanna live in this country with any forigners and develop my country Gaijin smash never be written more.

  8. ayamo Says:

    I guess foreigners are taking advantage of a tendency of Japanese people to see western people as people with stylish and ideal look. Also Japanese suddenly become shrinkers in front of western foreigners because of lack of their language ability and knowledge about outside Japan…

    Minkyung,
    I agree that it’s so important to make Japanese people aware of how they’re treating foreigners. Also it is necessary to remind them how they’re close minded toward overseas….However, don’t you think it’s difficult to let them know about those things and enlarging their eyesight in a right way because Japanese don’t have much opportunity to hang out or communicate with foreigners in their daily life.

  9. Minkyung Lee Says:

    Japanese discriminate them by various ways such as using the word ‘gaijin’ or avoiding seating next to foreingers, etc. ‘Gaijin Smash’ can be different in the styles but it’s same in the meaning that both cases use the RACE as a tool.

  10. Minkyung Lee Says:

    Ayamo,
    yes we, Japanese and Korean, truly don’t have many chances to meet foreigners but we CAN THINK about how we act toward foreingers, can’t we? and i think if our countries want to become true-international nations, they should teach us about attitude we must have on foreigners systemically, even though it is not easy to do.

  11. gaijinalways Says:

    Don’t worry, we’ll be looking at other stereotypes tomorrow as well. Certainly when we approach people who are of a different culture, we have to be careful not to alienate them. Even people living within the same country might have very different lifestyles, and may not realize that not everyone holds the same values as they do.

    But getting back to an earlier question, how do you make people aware of stereotypical behaviour they’re exhibiting without annoying them or irritating them? Are their any good methods for promoting cultural awareness without being too forceful and rude?

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