This has to be said: With the way Debito rants in his columns, it's time to give Amy Chavez a kick at the can. Maybe Debito could try his hand at humor? He seems to have tragedy down pat.
Geez Shawn, you're just not conscious of your place among the Anglo "diaspora".
Debito's latest JT piece is yet another unresearched, fact-free speculation as to why all us long-term gaijin in Japan didn't join his little club. Apparently we "lack a sense of affinity with strangers despite potential ascriptive commonalities",
(seems like he's saying: we should be friends and form organizations with people because we have the same skin color? race-based grouping? really?)
and we're "self-interested, rent-seeking" whatever that implies. People who want to pay their rent are selfish? What does that make someone who wants 10,000 a year for membership in his inactive club and sells [well, TRIES to sell] "gaijin welcome" (with included advertisement for http://www.debito.org
) shop-window stickers at 1500 yen?
And the cartoon (nicely drawn, not by debito) makes those who criticize debito out as US Civil War Southern Rebel redneck gun-toting hicks.
Basically one step below just putting the 95% of Anglo long-termers in Japan who think debito is a joke in Brownshirts and swastikas.
Persuasion is not the goal apparently.
Sum it up in one sentence. We didn't join his club because obviously it is WE who are flawed.
A parody of himself.
"Facts all come with points of view. Facts don't do what I want them to." - Talking Heads