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I watched their latest video on using a Japanese toilet. Have they run out of things in Japan to create content about as though they were the first foreigners to discover it? They just looked around their house and thought, "Hm... what could we make a weekly video about?" and settled on their toilet?
I'm sure there are still tons of wonderful things in Japan someone could make videos on that haven't been shared much already, but the videos they've been making are overdone and give off the impression that they think they're super unique and special. For all the criticisms of their time in Korea, I do miss their Korea videos.
Ironically, the reason why Uganda is pushing bills like this is precisely due to "Western indoctrination". Christian missionaries from Europe went to convert many people in Africa to Christianity, and American evangelicals (and some politicians) have been going to Uganda to spread hatred of LGBT+ people and push for laws that persecute, arrest, and kill them. So Mira claiming they're not "bowing to Western indoctrination" is completely wrong. We could even make the argument that numerous societies were supportive of LGBT+ people before "Western indoctrination" in the form of Missionaries made them change positions.
I find both Martina and Simon to be equally immature, but it's not that unique to them as most J-vloggers seem to have never really grown up despite being in their '30s. I don't know if that's because of Japan or because most J-vloggers don't have (regular "adult") jobs outside of Youtube and only hang out with other Youtubers (except Interntionally Me who I think works in an office and seems more mature and down-to-earth). Martina doesn't look old to me, but I do think it is unfair that people comment more on how girls look and rarely about the men.
Norm made some videos with Dogen during his visit to Beppu, where Dogen lives. One video is titled "How to Learn Japanse | A Guide For Everyone", and unsurprisingly all the videos thus far are in English. Norm said a year ago that he would love to visit Dogen and they'd make a video just speaking Japanese (to show off his skills). Yet so far he hasn't done that. Maybe he has other videos together or Dogen might have one, but let's not hold our breaths.
Do Simon and Martina own the house they live in or are they renting it? I learned that houses in Japan depreciate in value, so if they own they would be losing money on it, no? Are houses expensive in Japan?
Does anyone know which video Micaela made where she claims she moved from Canada to Japan because she believed Canada pressures people into drinking alcohol? I watched the video a year ago, and wanted to watch it again but I can't remember which one it was.
Can all talk of LovelyLizy or whatever her name is please be moved to the thread about her instead of in jvloggers? Even some of the messages over the past few days might be good to have in that thread instead of in the J-Vloggers one.
I'm reading it and finding it interesting. It's actually only a 12-page read, and is making my wonder about myself and interests. I did enjoy the videos they made in Korea, but I guess that comes from my own white privilege as a Canadian. I hope they don't react negatively to it, though I can sympathize with them that I wouldn't feel too good about myself after an academic paper is written pointing out one's white-privileged self-presentation. I find this point interesting when it discusses them mocking the "Engrish" in signs and on packaging, Not just about them not taking not of the hypocrisy of their own poor Korean skills, I noticed that they often made mistakes speaking English. It is sort of ironic that they were criticizing the incorrect English in Korea while failing to notice their own poor abilities (though they might defend their English would have deteriorated when living in a non-English-dominant environment). The author didn't discuss much about their lack of ability to speak Korean, which one would argue is an example of White-anglo privilege in Korea and anywhere. They mentioned that they weren't interested in becoming fluent, but just learning enough to get buy and do basic lifestyle things. That is a perfect example of what the author compares with the historical colonialism of Western nations in Asia - not blending with the culture, but keeping it at a distance as it's not regarded as important to work to integrate fully with locals. This wouldn't work as well if it were other groups of people speaking non-English languages in other countries, especially as learning the other language is critical to even being able to earn money. But they didn't have to because English has become the world's Lingua Franca, and because they went from English teachers to self-employed YouTubers, where they could live with limited use of Korean. This makes me further think about people travelling abroad on vacation and not trying to learn much of the local language - I know white people who are gung-ho about being progressive and decrying racism/ white privilege in others, while failing to recognize white privilege in themselves and how they can travel to other countries and not even bother to learn the language, even if only a bit more than basic phrases. I wonder though about the idea of "hybridity" vs. cultural appropriation, and if there is a way that foreigners living abroad presenting cultures and countries in a way that isn't post-colonialist like the article lays out? Are there other vloggers in Korea, Japan, and China that also treat the "foreignness" of these countries in the same manner? I'm thinking about Jvloggers and Laowhy/ SerpentZA in China with regards to the videos they make about those countries... How can one present what the country is like in a way that isn't racist, condescending, or exoticizing that culture? I wonder how different their presentation of Japan is nowadays compared to how they presented Korea in the past. Would the author say the content now is the same as before, with the exact same reasons listed in the paper? Or have Martina and Simon learned from the past and present things in a more "hybrid" way, as the paper states they and Western colonialists usually rejected. I feel like they embraced Japan a lot more and maybe live a more hybrid lifestyle now - but could there also be a belief that Japan is superior to Korea, and therefore not the sort that they would make fun of as much?
When I think about vloggers, it seems like a lot of the popular ones are White people.... They benefit from White Privilege even while abroad. It reminds me of the time that Norm brushed off Greg's experiences in Japan in that information video where Norm outed Greg, when Greg was victimized by the Japanese police for being black....