Saturday, April 17, 2010


Long time no post.
I've been accepted as a master student here, so I've been busy with university.
Will talk about Japanese master course as soon as I get to know about it better.

I just wanted to talk about gaijin in Japan.
Japan is a very popular country right? With now Arashi is pointed as Japanese tourism representative.
Even my lab is filled with mostly gaijin for now.

Today I watched 2 shows focusing on gaijin.
First was the news this morning, which interviewed gaijin and asked their opinions on Japan.
A theatre in Tokyo where ladies play as samurai and men play as ladies is interesting...

The second one was about gaijin's right to participate in Japanese politics.
A Chinese who just got a Japanese residency kept on saying how she's not a Japanese. She's a Chinese that has a Japanese residency permit. And how Japanese passport is so convenient and that's her reason she wants a Japanese residency?

A Taiwanese then replied how she didn't agree. She got a Japanese residency as well. And she's proud to be a Japanese and in case if Taiwan and Japan fight, she'll stay on the Japanese side. And that as a Japanese she also want to make Japan better.

A Thai said she stays in Japan, but her identity stays as a Thai, though she got a Japanese name.
A Korean whose family(?) has been in Japan for a long time but hasn't got a residency yet...

I do want to be able to stay in Japan as long as I can. But I'm not sure whether I can get a Japanese residency someday or not. Japanese passport is convenient, yes, but if getting a residency with just that thoughts is hmmm... wrong. But I'm also not sure if I can say I'd do as much as I can to make Japan better or die for it, as much as I love Japan. Maybe I can? Hm? I remember a lecture the other day how he wanted the students to make Japan as good as it was in the past...

But on the other side, as a Chinese Indonesian, I don't think myself as a Chinese, and yet I'm not that familiar with or love Indonesia even if I'm born and raised there.

I'm not sure what I want to say in the end.
Just a thought.
I do want Japan to be more open to gaijin, but on the other hand I can see (wait, what do I see?) how Japan want to keep itself purely Japanese.