Law enacted to recognize ethnic Ainu minority as indigenous people

TOKYO — Japan enacted on April 19 legislation aimed at protecting and promoting the culture of the Ainu, an ethnic minority in northern Japan, with financial assistance, stipulating for the first time they are an “indigenous” people. The law requires the central and local governments to promote Ainu culture and industry, including tourism, in order […]

Census 2010: Welcome to the Bay-sian Area

What everyone’s been saying for a while about the Bay Area, the 2010 Census has confirmed. The East is acquiring greater weight in the life of the region because the Asian American population is surging. Politically and culturally, the result is something of a rumbling mid-Richter scale earthquake. The Asian population in many Bay Area […]

What’s oppression of a minority in a world with no majority?

On March 4, CNN published a story that shocked me. The headline, both eye catching and ridiculous, read, “Are whites racially oppressed?” As Angry Asian Man said, “NO.” The article looks into what CNN calls “racial jujitsu,” whites adopting the language and protest tactics of an embattled minority group. They cite conservatives, like talk show […]

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