Q&A video: Is Homophobia Wrong?

I updated my YouTube channel with the short video I had previously uploaded to Twitter (my 2nd Japanese account). It’s a Q&A video where I answer this question I’ve received from a few customers at my bar, “I can’t help feeling grossed out by the idea of homosexuality. Is that a wrong thing?” Make sure to turn on English subtitles. Read more →

8 Japan LGBT/Q resources in English

This video is about 3 years old but for some reason I didn’t post it here on my blog. It’s on my English channel, which I’m rejuvenating (finally). So make sure to subscribe to this channel even if you’re already subscribed to my Japanese channel! Read more →

Singer MISIA singing on stage

When Rainbow Flags Make It To National Television #Japan #LGBTQ #MISIA

When I started college, there already existed prides and rainbow flags. I didn’t have to create queer spaces to join or queer symbols to identify with. They were there, and I’d join rainbow-filled events and groups. And I was constantly disappointed with how those events were trans-indifferent, gay men-centered, obsessed with money and reputation, anti-intersectional, ethnocentric, disability-unfriendly, male-dominated, etc. etc. Read more →

Sexist Anime Is Japanese Culture?

How do we talk about sexism, heterosexism, and ciscentrism in anime/manga when it’s part of “their culture”? Can we criticize misogynous, homophobic and transphobic anime/manga without being ethnocentric and arrogant? What’s the best way to address them? Or should we all shut our mouths and let them be? Would that make us anti-feminist and anti-queer? Read more →

Language, culture, and identity——a translation tip that I learned after watching a lot of Doctor Who

Language is a weird thing. It’s external but also integral to our human psyche. By the time you’ve learned to speak, you become situated, recognizably to all including yourself, in the world. But if language has such a formational functionality, it must mean that when we learn a second language, we are to some extent repeating a similar process of… Read more →