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Newsweek article

Posted by sachie on 2006.02.08 at 17:31
An interesting article in Newsweek, about how the Japanese are becoming more and more un-Japanese.

Can't really put a coherent thought together myself right now. But I'm interested in what others think of this.

'Being Japanese' might be an aesthetically stringent ideal that most people just can't attain. The real question is, why is it so difficult to be Japanese? Why should a cultural identity require such effort that most people aren't willing to make that effort?

How much work does it take to be "American"?


joriel at 2006-02-08 22:46 (UTC) (Link)
I think that is one of the reasons we're battling so much. We have much smaller cultural identities that are usually geographically/religiously based rather than as a country. Look how MANY labels we have for people's ideologies in this country. We were raised on individuality, and how hard we had to fight for the right to be different that it's almost an obligation at this point to BE different.

Part of it I'm sure traces back to the disparate cultures that created this one. A lot of backgrounds were here in the beginning, not just the English talked about in the history books all the time.

I wonder if the size of the country has something to do with it. It seems like the bigger the country the more differences there are. As I understand China there are a LOT of various cultural groups inside the "Chinese" label.
tamashiinouta at 2006-02-21 01:57 (UTC) (Link)
Been trying to come up with a logical answer to this for a while now, and I really can't. I wonder if maybe it's because it's because of the raw appeal of not having to comply to the standards of tradition and the glitz and glamour of trying to be yourself. Yet with it comes the responsiblity of loss. Morals have degenerated in society, so hence the old traditions and values are slipping with it.

Other than that, that's all I can think of.
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