Q 12# What’s cute about that?

October 6, 2009

Do you find this cute?

What about the comments from different people, why are the opinions so varied?

http://www.japanprobe.com/2009/05/10/japanese-girls-with-yaeba-cute/

http://yaebasuperstar.blog123.fc2.com/blog-entry-91.html

Q9# Vietnam and Sweden

December 3, 2008

Are Vietnam and Sweden that different from Japan when it comes to marriage?

Japan has people living together, and some arranged marriages. What’s different here and how does it affect especially older people who have yet to marry?

Q8# Surprises in the presentation

November 29, 2008

Was there anything surprising (for you) in our last weeks’s presentation on Neets and Freeters?

Q7# Bringing down stereotypes

November 18, 2008

We have seen some forms of stereotypes that people have about different people. How do we broaden the perception that people have of different cultures and subcultures?

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

November 11, 2008

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

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

Q5# What does a label mean anyway?

November 4, 2008

See the linked documents http://www.debito.org/?p=1891 and http://www.debito.org/?p=1875

Q4# Why some people don’t take a full time job

October 29, 2008

We looked at an article from last year about a freeter’s rally in Tokyo. They were urging the government to allow them to make more money so that they could have ‘a beautiful life’ too.

What do you think is the best way to do that; simply pay part-timers more, give more of them full time jobs, or do you have some other idea?

Q 3# Why might people not marry until they are older?

October 22, 2008

Sometimes there are different reasons for people delaying making decisions or taking action. Why might a person delay getting married? And what should that person do until they marry? How should he or she live his/her life?

Q2# Should ‘otaku’ be used as a positive, negative, or neutral label?

October 15, 2008

Subtopic 1# Monester parents

October 7, 2008

Monester parents are a real problem recently in Japan as they tend to raise monester kids. Have you encountered any monester parents? What happened?

In a recent example in the Japan Times, 31 Snow Whites in a recent school drama didn’t raise an eyebrow. Why such an unusual production you may ask? Because all of the parents wanted their child to be in the leading role. Should the school administrators have caved in to the parent demands? If not, what should they have done instead?