“Does anyone find it odd how the media can use Europe, or Japan for that matter, as either a positive or a negative depending upon which buttons they are wanting to push on the American people?

For example, when they want Americans to meekly accept immigration, they give us these articles about a ‘dying Japan’ or a ‘Europe that can’t get up’. Immigration is presented as a solution, and while Japan accepts none and Europe can’t or won’t assimilate them, good old America just keeps on taking ‘em in, thus our economy is performing better than theirs.

But when the media wants to squash any sentiment against small government, or gun ownership, etc., they paint a picture of a wealthy Japan or EU with their minuscule murder rates, generous national health care systems, workers compensation, unemployment benefits, maternity leaves, etc., etc. Why the streets and infrastructure in those nations are gleaming, modern marvels compared to the crumbling structures in America. If only we’d tax ourselves like those guys.”

Via Luke Ford

Expatriates vs. English Teachers


There is something noble about being an expatriate – and I’m not just saying that because I’ve been one since birth. I recently read one of Vice’s better articles, White People with No Skills Wanted in China, and it reminded me of the many gaijin forum members and bloggers who I’ve come across over the years while researching Japan.

These manga-loving fatties are usually American graduates of obscure colleges. They have little to no training in the English language or education, but they’re all in ESL education somehow. They get paid very little and live the lifestyles of people who get paid very little. They’ve hardly travelled – they’re American after all, and so living in Japan is A Big Deal for these people. That’s why they need to make blogs about it. These blogs are written in English and interspersed with whatever Japanese words they know. “Isn’t this cookie packaging so kawaii, mom?”

After their stint in Japan, which they leave after claiming everyone’s racist and complaining that they can’t get the foods they like, they end up teaching in China (see above) or Seoul. Some of the more imaginative ones even go to Thailand, which must be very difficult for them as Thais are not as good at making cartoons.

They have no interest in integration and the only thing they bring to their new homeland is, of course, their knowledge of English. As pretty normal suburban Americans who have no training in either education or English, they really don’t provide very much, which is why there’s hardly any money in it. They make a mockery of emigration.