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American Misconceptions about Japan FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about common American misconceptions (false stereotypes) about Japan, which also affect Asian Americans.

This FAQ about common American misconceptions (false stereotypes) about Japan, which also affect Asian Americans was compiled and written by Tanaka Tomoyuki ez074520@dilbert.ucdavis.edu with numerous contributions by others.

citation:
as expected of all published articles, short quotes and references can be made provided that proper credit is given. please include the following three items.
1. author/editor: as "Tanaka Tomoyuki" or "TANAKA Tomoyuki"
2. title: "American misconceptions about Japan FAQ" (you can omit "FAQ" if you find it cryptic.)
3. source: Usenet, < soc.culture.japan> , Internet, etc.

about the author

in Aug 1996 i (Tanaka) moved to Davis, CA (from Bloomington, IN.). Davis is near San Francisco (90 miles away). i'm a 3rd year law student at U.C. Davis (J.D. program).

i plan to elaborate these two FAQ files (American misconceptions about Japan, and Asian/white dating disparity) and publish them in a book form. i hope to publish the book within 1 year or so.

-01 Preface: Daily Yomiuri, Mr Okada, Zipangu, Aardvark
whenever i looked at the Japanese news magazines (AERA, etc)...
-02 Abstract (American misconceptions about Japan)
Americans and Japanese have basically friendly images of ...
-03 Japan: is crowded, expensive
Japan is crowded and expensive to live in, right?...
-04 Japan: slant-eye Micky Mouse
you know how Japanese have slanted eyes? well, I just ...
-05 Japan: crucified Santa Claus
I heard a funny story: in a Japanese department store ...
-06 Japan: suicide is very common
suicide is very common in Japan, and it's because ...
-07 Japan: country and western Japanese
I just heard on TV that country/western music and fashion ...
-08 Japan is tiny.
THE TRUTH: Japan is slightly smaller than California, the third ...
-09 Japanese cities are the most crowded in the world.
THE TRUTH: in the ...
-10 cost of living in Japanese cities is the highest in the world.
THE TRUTH: Tokyo prices are high, but not as high as advertised ...
-11 Japanese have first names followed by last names just likeAmericans do.
THE TRUTH: a Japanese name usually consists of a family name followed ...
-12 Japanese are inept at learning English.
Edwin O. Reischauer. The Japanese Today. (1995)...
-13 My (Tanaka's) first day of school in the USA ... Vincent Chin (American misconceptions about Japan)
I will remember that day all my life: the first day of ...
-14 Negative images of Japan contribute to ... negative images of allAsia, and to anti-Asian violence (American misconceptions about Japan)
from [booklet, Asian Pacific Americans 1988] (see (bibliography))...
-15 US media coverage of Japan is a major obstacle to... non-Japanese's understanding of Japan (American misconceptionsabout Japan)
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-16 Why I'm writing this article. (American misconceptions about Japan)
---- (0.4.1) reason 1: because the Japanese government isn't doing it....
-17 Disparity: Americans view Japanese more inaccurately and ... negatively than Japanese view Americans.
---- (1.1) from Endymion Wilkinson, [book] Japan versus the ...
-18 MYTH: Japanese (Asians) have slanted eyes.
-19 MYTH: Japanese are suicidal.
THE TRUTH: suicide rate in Japan is not unusually high compared ...
-20 MYTH: Japanese are sneaky and unfair as proved by the "sneak ... attack" on Pearl Harbor, and how they now "sweep history under the carpet".
this and the following entry (2.4) are among the pillars of ...
-21 MYTH: Japanese are sneaky and unfair as proved by their unfair ... business practices.
from Yellow-peril journalism --- Is latent racism ...
-22 MYTH: Japanese are completely different from Americans and ... inscrutable.
THE TRUTH: not so different....
-23 "Kung Fu", proverbs
one way this notion of completely different (diametric opposite)...
-24 MYTH: Japanese are copycats (cheap imitators of the USA).
Don't be fooled by a cheap Japanese imitation....
-25 how US media suppresses coverage of Japanese creativity and originality
an example: Tezuka's Jungle King and Disney's Lion King....
-26 MYTH: Japan is a sexist country.
(2.7.1) sexism in Japan: the American ...
-27 MYTH: Japanese men are either asexual or sex-hungry monsters.
in the US media (TV and movies) Asian men are usually ...
-28 MYTH: Japanese are rich and hardworking (in a negative way)
In article < ...> someone wrote:...
-29 US media coverage of Japan, Ezra Vogel's "Japan as Number One"
I would characterize US media coverage of Japan ...
-30 Japanese media coverage of the USA --- mostly positive
when I was in Japan this summer, I was shocked by the ...
-31 Negative images of the USA in Japan
Some people also pointed out some negative stereotypes ...
-32 Hiroshi Nakamura: comments on various points (American misconceptions about Japan)
Newsgroups: soc.culture....
-33 R. Tang: comments on various points (American misconceptions about Japan)
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 94 02:30:17 ...
-34 Earl Kinmonth: on Benedict and the tradition of Japanese studies (American misconceptions about Japan)
Newsgroups: soc.culture....
-35 Bibliography (American misconceptions about Japan)
I recognize influence of HONDA Katuiti and C. Douglas Lummis ...









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