as a korean-american young adult, ive had to deal with the fact that so many young americans romanticize japanese culture (for example that one popular post i saw going around a while ago written by some weaboo about how japanese culture is so perfect and nice and polite because some person returned a safety pin or some shit) and it makes me so angry how the stories of millions of east asian people suffering through genocide, cultural cleansing, colonization, etc are often ignored and looked over in favor of what the idealized weaboo idea of what japanese culture is. i’m a firm believer that every culture and society has wonderful, beautiful, unique aspects to it and japan is certainly no exception but seeing a bunch of people support notable japanese people who are literally WAR CRIME AND GENOCIDE APOLOGISTS and choose to just ignore and refuse to educate themselves about how the japanese government is literally trying to cover up MASS MURDER and other obscene war atrocities while claiming to be ~~~soo obsessed~~ with everything about Japan it’s like…. ok i get you wanna be a fan of some anime and that’s cool but please educate yourselves and maybe try not to support horrible people who think my country is “better off” after having been colonized and having my people murdered, raped, and stripped of their identities. i understand most people are clueless about this and that’s okay but ignoring that some asshole is a war crime apologist just because you like some anime just adds to the collective ignorance about historical AND modern (japanese textbooks and other media are still covering this shit up TO THIS DAY) issues that really should be brought to light. i know i always get really preach-y about this but being a war crime apologist is still fairly accepted in modern japan to some people and it makes me want to fucking cry and scream and seeing instances of modern weaboo ass bitches overlooking and not caring about any of it just adds insult to injury
Uh, fellow Korean-Am here: Zainichi, actually, so I can verify my existence is literally a result of the devastation of Japanese imperialism on the people and nation of Korea— very directly, in a series of not-that-distant ugly events that I’d rather not detail.
Can we clarify we’re talking about Isayama Hajime and the dumbass ignorant pro-imperialist bullshit he’s said on Twitter? (If we are, that is; I’m just assuming so, though if another currently popular Japanese media figure is doing the same thing I’m going to put my head in my hands for a while.) I understand you’re probably not saying so out of fear of inciting drama and fandom defensiveness— and shit, I understand that— but the alternative seems to be a vague post encouraging suspicion of Japan and discouraging weeaboo cultural fetishization not because it’s like, an obnoxious and offensive thing for any Americans to do, but because Japan itself is undeserving.
Isayama doesn’t represent Japan; Himaruya Hidekazu (of Hetalia) doesn’t represent Japan, though they’re both products of the same empire-related cultural poison and historical erasure. Criticizing Westerners for being into Hetalia because it’s fucking mindbogglingly offensive and horrifyingly clueless is one thing— as an example. Encouraging anti-Japanese sentiments in Westerners is kind of another. In my experience, if there’s one thing white Americans find comforting in talking about Japan, it’s talking about how racist the Japanese are. I wonder why that is.
Isayama Hajime is one 26-year-old mangaka with inexcusable opinions he had the lack of common sense to put on Twitter. He’s not the nation of Japan. I don’t think encouraging white Americans to self-righteously feel better about Japanese war crimes helps shit-all; it’s like Iris Chang’s The Rape of Nanking all over again, top of the bestsellers in the US not because people cared suddenly about the incredible crime against humanity that was the Nanjing massacre, but because it makes Americans feel better when they can talk about other imperialism as if it compares to theirs.
So yeah, although you didn’t call him out— and if you weren’t talking about him, sorry, I’m going to look like an ass — I’m gonna name him here. Let’s talk about a sector of SNK fandom’s uncritical hero-worship, sure, and how it ties into Japanophilia, but please god let’s not incite white Americans against anything but white America.
Again, I say this as another Korean-American, and believe me I am pretty sure I do not enjoy the American amnesia of Japanese colonialism any more than you do. But let’s clarify that this isn’t about the nation of Japan, this is about the nation of America and its willingness to overlook shit that happened to people it doesn’t quite see as people in the service of enjoying fun media: in this case, Korean people.