I’m tired of being angry, honestly.. but it never ends. I can’t just brush things off or pretend I didn’t hear something just so I can live in a happy little bubble. I wish I could– maybe then I wouldn’t alienate [push away] other people so much and be frusterated all the time.
But I swear, it’s IMPOSSIBLE when everything is so personal! Today in my International Political Economy class [a class about international trade], we were doing a country study on Japan… Even when discussing why Japan was so “economically successful”, the fact that the Japanese have colonized [take over] other countries was never brought up (that is, until I had a little outburst). Don’t they know that people, like my grandmother, were forced to take a Japanese name and to remove the Korean language from conversation? Don’t they know that her friends were taken as comfort women? Don’t they know that the winters were cold because the Japanese took everything they possibly could, even things like trees? That’s just the beginning. I can’t even begin to describe the horror, and it wasn’t just a 40-year thing, Japan and China have been trying to occupy Korea for thousands of years.
This has been a conversation going on in my head for years. and I’m tired of all these American kids who idolize anime and Japanese culture without knowing the cruel oppressive history. I’m so tired of Japan refusing to acknowledge this history (sounds familiar?). And I’m incredibly tired of how this is so reflective of America with our own history of colonization and current way we treat indigenous people. (Check out Nadia’s post here.)
And how dare the professor say that Americans were more civilized because we sleep on beds! That has nothing to do with it; my own family PREFERS to sleep on the floor, use public bathhouses *gasp*, and share food when in Korea. Maybe I shouldn’t expect anything from this man. Anyways, I guess it’s off to my next class…hope I can stick around, I’m kind of at a no-more-absences limit.