Stories of Kimchi and Zainichi Koreans in Japan

How do Zainichi Koreans understand Japanese consumers’ open embrace of kimchi in light of Japan’s reluctant social acceptance of its Korean minority population?

The MAGA Hat, a Curious Artifact of Contemporary America

Any visit to Washington, DC, today can’t occur without witnessing troops of school-age kids combing the sites of the nation’s capital adorned in MAGA hats. Since the Donald Trump campaign and through his presidency, those red Make America Great Again hats have become part of our cultural landscape. Curiously, the MAGA hat did not become […]

Performance, Sign Language, and Deaf Identity in Japan

Through 20 years of research experience in Japan, I realized that Japanese Sign Language itself can also be viewed as a performance genre found in the everyday lives of Deaf people, considering the relationship between their presentations of JSL and shared Deaf identity through the consumption of information and values.

Unapologetically Inaccurate

On Sunday, Rami Malek won an Academy Award for portraying Freddy Mercury in the extremely popular Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. In his speech, Malek made the case for the film’s progressive depiction of minorities: “We made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life just unapologetically himself. The fact that I’m celebrating him and this story with you tonight is proof that we’re longing for stories like this.”

What Is This Lahu Thing Called Love?

As the music video begins, we see a young man waiting anxiously, peering through a gate. A young woman appears at the top of a set of outdoor stairs, opens a gate, and joins the young man as the first lyric, Aw vi pa o naw hta ha ja (elder brother [common reference for a boyfriend or spouse] I love you very much) appears on the screen.