In framework lecture about “Gender and Sexuality” and “Race relations in the U.S.”, I thought that it is very different from Japan and the U.S. to think about these problems. I felt that Japan is less advanced than the U.S. about these problems, especially gender and racial problem.
In these days, women work easier than before in Japan. However, I think people don’t know much about gender problem. Sometimes people say about LGBT as a joke. I don’t like it. I think it is from less knowledge about LGBTQ’s problem. Because Japan doesn’t have enough education about these kinds of new problems. I think that we have to have a lot of time in order to change some education programs. Besides, I was surprised to know that LGBT’s percentage is same with the percentage of left-handedness and people with type AB blood in Japan. Actually, it is minority but it is not small and rare. So, I think it is needed to know about this problem. And we must make better society that it is easy for everyone to live. So, I think we have to make a effort to know and spread about this problem.
Next, I would like to talk about Race relation in the U.S. Firstly, I will answer the point that you advised me. I have the question for you about the racial problem. What do young people think about African American problem? I think, maybe, elderly people tend to have more bad prejudices about the African American than young people. Because elderly people have a lot of experiences. So, they have strong belief. Is this right, or not? And I’ll talk about why Japanese people don’t know well about the racial problems. Because I think there is just about one kind of racial in Japan. So, we don’t feel the racial problem nearly. We think these problems are not related with us. However, I don’t think so, because we are becoming globalized. We have to get a thought of global standard.
Finally, I talk about my experience of Slave Trail and Richmond. I felt that Slave Trail is a little bit long. I was surprised that slaves walked that road with heavy burden. And I felt the atmosphere of Richmond is very good. The buildings are very historic. In addition to this, I was very impressed that there are a lot of paintings on the wall in the town. I thought that people in Richmond save and treat history as an important thing for them.