Well, at least they’re honest…

We’re playing a Taboo-style English exercise where I give a student a word and she has to make her classmates guess it, but she can’t say the word or certain specified related words. I give one mid-20’s female student Japanese, along with China and island.

“Who do we all hate?”

It was the fastest correct guess all class.

For more about common Mainlander feelings toward the Japanese, see:

6 thoughts on “Well, at least they’re honest…”

  1. Honestly, shame on you for doing this to your students. You bloody well know the out come at the start and these are future teachers. As if there is not enough hate inside the country, you had to put in your 2 cents of inflammation. Low, low, low. Try something along the line: yesterday we were enemies, today we will do our best to understand, tomorrow we will be great friends.

  2. For the record: I’m teaching the school’s curriculum, and in this case the lesson included a list of words to use, of which “Japanese” was one. Even if that weren’t the case, I fail to see how using that word in an English exercise inflames hatred or suggests an opinion on my part. Anyway, these aren’t primary school kids; my youngest student is 15 but most are 20-40.

  3. Yes, the kind of prejudice IS harder to find in the english speaking country I’m from. Just try to get a group of ADULTS in america to agree to a statement like “who do we all hate?”.

  4. I agree that Americans would be less likely to own up to feelings of hate or prejudice, especially using those particular buzz words and especially toward any particular race. But sometimes I wonder if a lot of that is just a veneer; maybe we’ve just learned to hide our prejudice better, from each other and ourselves, after decades of PC education (I’m thinking more of Canada here).

    I see plenty of prejudice in Canada and the U.S. — it’s just often directed at perceived ideological, rather than racial, groups. For example, consider the degree of prejudice and hatred on either side of the political divide in North America; there is no shortage of character judgment. Or think about the hateful, bigoted things people automatically think and say regarding anyone who dares publicly disagree with popular culture’s prescribed cheer-leading acceptance of homosexuality. And then there’s the anti-religious/Christian backlash, led by the “New Atheists”, that has no lack of fear-mongering, straw-man and bogeyman conjuring, stereotyping and generalizing, etc. It’s easy to find examples of prejudice, stereotyping and condemnation against Liberals and Conservatives (Canada), Democrats and Republicans (the U.S.), Christians, or moral conservatives in mainstream North American entertainment and news media. Maybe that obvious prejudice and bias doesn’t count as “hatred” on the part of screen writers and journalists, and sure it’s a different set of circumstances from the hatred between the Chinese and Japanese.

    My point is just that much (but not all) of North America’s perceived superiority when it comes to prejudice is merely cosmetic; we’ve just learned to speak more politically correctly and perhaps shift our conscious prejudice away from racial groups and onto ideological groups.

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