SFU English 380: Mutilation and Foreign Relations in the Japanese Novel

A class blog for students of English 380 - "Literature in Translation" - at Simon Fraser University in Autumn 2005.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Japan and Racial Purity

On the question of Japan's civilisation homogeneity, the BBC ran an important series published online here with a valuable link list of related articles. The article supports the statement from lecture this week that 99% of people in Japan are ethnically pure Japanese and non-ethnic Japanese are denied citizenship even when born in Japan.

One especially helpful edition is here. Click on the slideshow within this article for a useful sample of opinion on immigration from ordinary Japanese.

These articles are relevant to our understanding of the need for civilisation translation and the difficulty presented by the necessary indeterminacy of radical translation.


At 2:13 AM, Blogger Pandabonium said...

I am a caucasian male and USA citizen living in Japan. While it is true that children born in Japan whose parents are not both Japanese citizens are not automatically granted citizenship, they can apply for citizenship. Even a foreigner such as myself can apply for citizenship after living in Japan continuously for five years. This is merely a clarification, not a criticism.


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