Cat Behavior: The “Butt Wiggle of Doom” is performed by cats when they are about to pounce. Like a baseball player digging in his/her cleats before stealing a base, the cat is digging in its rear claws for maximum grip before leaping.
When Shin-kun met Mr. David Cameron, esq.
(I suppose I should have done Abe-san’s words in comic sans to indicate that his English is somehow ‘different’, like they do with katakana on people from other countries speaking Japanese on J-TV.)
This is so accurate of Japanese people it’s painful.
I have been thinking about this post for the past couple of days. It’s funny in a painful way, but not in the way that the author clearly intended. I heard complaints about this constantly from some foreign white people in Japan. Here’s the thing: This is what it is like to be treated as an outsider. For many white people coming from the U.S. or Europe, it is their first experience with this. They are accustomed to being treated as individuals, as “belonging,” for they are the dominant race pervading all kinds of media. There are many, many, many ways to be a white person in the U.S. It’s taken for granted that white people can be small-town hicks, big-city slickers, goths, hippies, geeks, artists, professors, chefs, athletes, etc., and have a full spectrum of interests and hobbies.
This is not the case for people of color in the United States.
Since this post is about Japan, I will use the example of my close friend who is Japanese-American. She grew up in the U.S. She is fluent in English. But I personally witnessed her being asked if she could speak English, being complimented on her English, asked if she used a fork and knife, asked if she could read a Chinese word, (this happened OFTEN, with Chinese and Korean and other languages. ‘can you read this?’) and other ignorant comments, often referring to China. She was also confused for our classmate, who was Chinese, alll the time. Even though they had completely different body types, hair styles, faces, and personalities.
This post is painful because it shows white people with a huge lack of self-awareness for the first time in their lives being treated as an outsider…which they are, incidentally. They do not think about how people of color are constantly treated this way in predominantly white countries. Instead, they feel frustrated and self-righteous. “How DARE they make false assumptions about me and my country! How ANNOYING that they always ask me these silly questions!”
Do you understand that this is the way that, for example, actual 13th generation Americans, or even worse, Native Americans, are treated on a daily basis in their home country by white Americans who sometimes have an immigrant grandparents themselves? If they have brown skin, they can regularly be asked, “Are you Mexican? Are you Chinese? Are you mixed?Do you celebrate ____? Do you speak Spanish? Are you black? Where are you “from”? No, where are you FROM? You don’t look _____. You like this kind of music, right? You like this sort of thing, right? You like this sort of food, right?” Look up any “Shit White People Say To ____” video. You yourself have probably done this. It’s not just the U.S., either. Look, for example, at the way Muslim people are treated in the U.K. Instant “foreigner” and “outsider” status.
Yes, being treated like this is annoying. But it is far less excusable in a country like the U.S. that is literally full of immigrants, 100% of white Americans being immigrants, to treat other Americans this way, than it is for Japanese people to treat non-Japanese foreigners this way. Japan does not have many foreigners, especially outside of big cities like Tokyo and Osaka. They are amazingly well-informed and kind about other countries considering the fact that absolutely none of my (or, likely, your) non-Japanese friends or family members could name the Japanese Prime Minister to save their life.
They are trying to relate to you. Trying to communicate with you. You ARE an outsider. You ARE from a foreign country. It IS impressive that you speak the language, considering how rare it is worldwide to find non-Japanese people fluent in Japanese.
Stop being so entitled and huffy. Be humbled by the knowledge that while you are being treated like an outsider in a place where you are an outsider, there are millions of people being treated like outsiders in their own countries.
And you wanna talk about language? You wanna talk about how the way of speaking is rendered differently? Look at the way any Asian character speaks in the majority of Hollywood movies. Exaggeratedly incorrect, infamously so. (also, 90% of the time they’re played by an actor who is not from the country being depicted.) Same goes for Latino characters, Indian characters, etc. They are almost always given exaggerated accents in English. Watch white TV sometime.
This post is funny and painful, but only because it summarizes the entitlement and blindness of ignorant white people, who will go so far as to make an entire blog whining about their “hardships” while being afforded special privileges for being white, even in Japan. What about the way you sometimes get special deals, the way you can occasionally cut lines, the way some places will treat you like royalty because of global white colonization, exploitation, etc. resulting in massive global privilege? Think about how grateful and happy many Japanese people are when you even know something about Japanese history, when you work hard to learn the language, because they have learned that foreigners don’t care about them, beyond anime and sushi, that we believe their culture is lesser than ours. On the other hand, we expect them to know about our culture, to know about our food and our history and pop music and language, and make angry blogs about it when they don’t.
The first ever count of India’s transgender population has found nearly 500,000 who were prepared to say they were transgender in filling out census papers – though activists say the real number may be far higher.
Inventor of Kevlar®
Stephanie Kwolek, the famous woman inventor and scientist, wanted to study medicine while growing up in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, and that desire persisted as she worked toward her B.A. in chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University. After finishing her degree, however, Kwolek took a temporary research position with DuPont, where her work turned out to be so interesting that she decided to stay on.
One of the first women research chemists, she first gained national recognition in 1960 for her work with long molecule chains at low temperatures. In 1971, Kwolek’s further analysis culminated in an important discovery of a liquid crystalline polymer solution. Its exceptional strength and stiffness led to the invention of Kevlar®, a synthetic material that is five times as strong as steel.
Kevlar® is resistant to wear, corrosion and flames, and it is the main ingredient in the production of bulletproof vests, which have become invaluable to legions of soldiers and law enforcement officers. Furthermore, Kevlar® is used in dozens of other products, including skis, safety helmets, hiking and camping gear, and suspension bridge cables.
Kwolek’s research efforts have resulted in her being the recipient or co-recipient of 17 U.S. patents. This noted woman inventor also has received such prestigious accolades as the Kilby Award, the National Medal of Technology and the 1999 Lemelson-MIT Lifetime Achievement Award
this gal right here straight up let loose in her disney princess undies while sitting next to me at work today. i’m talkin rocky road double fudge all up in cinderella’s business. like way to tell me who is REALLY in charge in the classroom without actually vocalizing that you just put disney out of business and wtf when i was looking for a plastic bag to put her underwear in so i could throw them away without stanking up the trash cans i COULDNT FIND ANY so i ended up putting them inside a rubber glove and tying it closed???????? what kind of preschool doesn’t have plastic bags lying around for poop situations??????? anyway this was taken roughly 5 minutes before all hell broke loose and tbh judging by her face i should have known it was coming.
this by far is the best selfie caption ever the polls are closed go home
No, human excellence.
Let’s talk about set theory! In mathematical logic, we have a subfield called “set theory” where we study how items are collected into groups.
Providing a sort of logical bedrock, set theory informs foundational mathematics and computer science, among other fields, and continues to be a topic of mathematical research.
Sound too esoteric? Okay, you’re familiar with Venn diagrams, right? Venn diagrams are an example of basic set theory.
And you know how all squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares? There we go, more set theory.
So, Black people are group within the larger group humans, i.e. all Black people are humans, BUT not all humans are Black people.
As you can see in the photograph above, Keven Stonewall, the Chicago teen who may cure colon cancer, is Black. Keven Stonewall’s membership in other groups such as humans, Chicagoans and teenagers occurs simultaneously; consider “Chicago teen.”
Why do we say “square” when we could say “rectangle”? Because “square” conveys useful information, including “rectangle”—as well as a refinement.
When we say Keven Stonewall is an example of Black excellence, we mean Keven Stonewall is an example of Black excellence.