In the lecture of 7th, we learned about the gender and sexuality. First, the difference of sexual identity and gender identity are so important to think about. Sex is physiological and gender is a set of social and behavioral norms appropriate for people. That means though people are born as either men or women, that can be influenced by something in social environment. Giving girls something pink and giving boys something blue are good example, this is just the idea of gender. What I was interested was that there was a time of “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” in America but this has changed in this a few years. In Japan, though people are getting to know about LGBT, they still may hesitate to talk about that. In addition, as I did not know about “Q” (Queer) which is one of the idea of LGBTQ, many Japanese people do not know about this. I think this idea can help people who do not know even about what they are because it can cover everything. Much more Japanese people should know about this idea.
The lecture on 8th was about Race Relations in America, especially about the gap between “Black” and “White” people. This issue has a long history. The start was in the late 1600. And during the American Revolution, even those who insisted freedom owned slaves. After that a cotton gin which came up from industrialization changed the slavery. It needed more people who harvested cotton. This was a big change. And we saw the many incidents or happenings in the lecture. The slave trail was the good chance to feel it for real. In addition, I was also impressed by what Neeve said the next day, that the road for the slave trail is not maintained enough in contrast of the cycling road near to it. It may reflect how American people care of it. They have still something to care and solve and have to keep on considering.
It can be said that Japan is the homogeneous country because it is island nation. But I think actually it is not. Of course there are many travelers, we have also much opportunities to live with people who have completely different origins from ours (even who are Japanese). We have many things to learn from the long history of what we learn about slavery to live in harmony with them.