Intercultural Relationships: 10 Questions to Ponder

#intercultural #multicultural #culturematters More and more our cultures are mingling-- melding, merging and blending. The metaphorical "melting pot" has gone beyond a handful of burgeoning "new lands" who received the tired, poor and huddled masses, who in turn created pockets of their own in ethnic neighborhoods; to inter-familial mixing and multicultural blends and new breeds. … Continue reading Intercultural Relationships: 10 Questions to Ponder

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Finding Beauty In The Brokenness

Look at this glass!  Can you believe it was once trash? Chipped, cracked or completely broken into a thousand shards-- each smaller piece once part of something larger and useful but later discarded. Thrown into the cleansing water of the big lake, these gems spent decades I suspect  being pushed forward by storms from the … Continue reading Finding Beauty In The Brokenness

The Problem With Japan and Cute

No Ordinary Pedophile: Japan's Tendency Toward Cuteness By now most everyone in the world knows about Japanese anime-- their wonderfully imaginative cartoons.  If you are unfamiliar or only vaguely aware, the Japanese manufacture tons of comics, animation and related products. While most of it is uniquely creative and entertaining, a certain portion should cause consumers to … Continue reading The Problem With Japan and Cute

Review: “Made in Japan From an Anthropological and Psychoanalytic Perspective”

Over the past 35 years Japan has really carved out a niche for itself when it comes to consumer goods.  For every item one can imagine, there are so many variations; some very sophisticated and luxurious, others unbelievably fanciful or cute.  The Japanese are simply the best at making products that entice.  And why is … Continue reading Review: “Made in Japan From an Anthropological and Psychoanalytic Perspective”

Quotes from “Made in Japan From an Anthropological and Psychoanalytic Perspective”

  Today I was doing a bit of research of a topic dear to my heart when I came across a 13-page English paper written by two Japanese scholars that peaked my interest.  At first I was going to comment on this paper and use some of the quotes within my own post but I … Continue reading Quotes from “Made in Japan From an Anthropological and Psychoanalytic Perspective”

No Ordinary Pedophile: Japan’s Idolization of Children

On Thanksgiving day 2006, a Japanese auto executive living in Michigan was quietly taken into custody on charges of molestation and possession of child pornography. Under a mountain of evidence discovered in a false ceiling in his home— both images he captured on his own and collected, “Right Man” (the meaning of the characters in … Continue reading No Ordinary Pedophile: Japan’s Idolization of Children