With contemporary feminism going global from its origins as an originally 1960's American movement, the way various groups absorb — or reject — feminism in their own cultures is an intriguing subject.
The topic crossed my mind when I was attending a career seminar for students interested in working in Japan. Five of us sat in a small room in the Michigan League, listening to an agent from a recruiting company explain the job search process in Japan.
My relatives like to joke that Asians and Asian-Americans shouldn’t do hip-hop because we haven’t faced the same tribulations as other races. They especially ridicule certain rappers from their native Japan, who never suffered from racism, abject poverty, street violence or drug dealing but don expensive sneakers and talk about swag.
Universities across the United States, and especially those in the Midwest, are struggling to attract international students to their campuses. International enrollment has most noticeably declined in non-flagship state universities, where funding for classes and facilities has dried up due to the lack of international students who are willing to pay full price for tuition.
“Shutting your eyes and acting like the problem is going to go away — it’s not going to go away. You have to actively oppose it. Intercept it. And that is how we solve problems. You cannot sit idly, basking in your own privilege, and hopefully things go away — it doesn’t work like that,” Omar, a University of Florida student and a protest organizer, told The Nation.
The prospect of white nationalist Richard Spencer visiting the University of Michigan has raised alarm not only on campus, but also among city residents and community leaders.
Just last week, Mayor Christopher Taylor (D) criticized Spencer in a Facebook post, noting Spencer’s white nationalist ideology runs counter to Ann Arbor’s commitment to diversity and inclusion for people of all backgrounds.