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【英語多読】Miss Universe Japan Criticized for being "not Japanese enough"(インディペンデント紙)

2015年3月30日

インディペンデント紙に日本の多様性についての興味深い記事がありましたので、内容を要約して英語多読記事にしました。 原文はこちら。Miss Universe Japan Ariana Miyamoto faces criticism for being 'not Japanese enough'(ミス・ユニバースJapanの宮本エリアナさん、日本的ではないと非難を浴びる)

英語多読教材の英日対訳 Miss Universe Japan Criticized for being "not Japanese enough"はこちら。      

英語多読教材のJapanese「ミス・ユニバース、日本人的ではないと非難される」はこちら。

Ariana Miyamoto, who was selected as Miss Universe Japan, has been criticized to be “not Japanese enough” by SNS users. World media such as CNN, The Independent, and The Washington Post covered the exclusiveness culture in Japan.

Ariana Miyamoto was born and raised in Sasebo, Nagasaki prefecture, which has a major U.S naval base. Her father is from an African-American man from Arkansas and her mother is Japanese. Ariana traveled to the U.S to go to high school. These are reasons why she got criticized.

Not only in Sasebo but people in Tokyo also showed negative feelings about whether she is suitable for Miss Universe Japan or not. However, Kotaku, a Japanese news provider, explains the situation is changing little by little.

As for a mixed race, Japan had experienced mixed-race marriage among people from Japan, China and Korea since 7th century, and by 9th century a third of aristocrats originated from foreign ancestors. Because this intermingling has happened throughout Japan’s history, the term “pure-blood” is really ambiguous.

An exclusive society has 3 conditions: 1)to have the same language, 2)to have the same culture and 3) to have a society where less people intersect or to be a society that is isolated from outside.

Although the Japanese may forget its history of diversity, Japan is not a “homogenous” nation. Japanese people intersected with overseas people with the nation isolated from other nations for a long time. Japan had societies with diversity in fact.

Dating back to history further, Japan used to be the final destination of “Silk Road”, and people across Asian regions would intersect with the Japanese. As the remnant we see diversified Japanese faces as if all the Asians gathered in Japan.

As the ancient Chinese proverb “Looking back to past, we know a new thing” says, it seems we find “new Japan” in old Japan. I wish Japan would be a nation as the final destination of "the Silk Road", in which people used to intersect

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