Gaijin, pronounced “guy-jin” is a Japanese word meaning “foreigner”.
But it is much more than that.
I lived in Japan 1972-1975 as an Army officer. And I had studied Japanese for four semesters in college to satisfy my language requirements. A solid C-student, I came away with the speaking and reading ability of a Japanese second grader. But I had a good ear for spoken Japanese.
My secretary there, Mrs Minami, who I’ve written about at VeteransTales.org, was an American-born Japanese who had spent WWII in an internment camp out west. She was a GS-grade secretary, and my anchor as to Japanese ways. We were good friends and exchanged letters into the 90s, long after I left the Army.
Mrs Minami schooled me about manners in speaking with Japanese, as there were three ways to speak to a person, depending on their rank; someone beneath you, someone your equal, and someone above you. I was eager to learn this, for if I spoke in the honorific to a Japanese man, he would think I was not a mere “gaijin”, which, as every secretary who tried to talk to John Kerry knows, goes nowhere..
Mrs Minami warned me about that word “gaijin” as well as two other terms I had learned in college that were not acceptable in Japan any longer; “Kon-koku-jin” and “Kai-koku-jin”, which were names Japanese had used for Koreans and Chinese during their occupation during World War II. “Never call a Korean, of which there many in Japan, Konkokujin, for it is a great insult” she warned.
The other word she advised me against was “gai-jin”, which, as Google will tell you means “foreigner.” Only it means so much more. It really meant “dirty, filthy foreigner”. She said “gaijin” was similar to what white Americans once called Negros while she was a girl in Wyoming. You know, the N-word, only color had nothing to do with it. It meant every foreigner.
And the Japanese government had carried on a national campaign against its use since the 1950s. It was never used in respectable company, but still, you heard it muttered on the streets, usually by lower classes, and usually because they thought the foreigners wouldn’t understand them. I heard it many times, mostly in bars, crowded restaurants and crowded trains during rush hour.
I even had the chance to throw it back at them once, while on a beach in Hawaii.
It was also the first thing I thought of when I watched the closing ceremony of the US Open tennis championship on Saturday.
Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese national to win a tennis Grand Slam title. Ever.
And she defeated Serena Williams, who was in search of her 24th Grand Slam title, trying for the second time in a row to tie the all-time record. She was denied at Wimbledon in July, and now again at Forrest Hills.
She did not comport herself well.
Nor did the tourney spokespeople who made no bones about the fact that Naomi Osaka should not have been the champion in the first place.
Serena has a history of this kind of behavior (you can look it up) and will have to deal with her demons, but perhaps karma has other plans. And perhaps the PC police inside US Tennis may even take a lesson in hiding their boorishness and bias, as if they were a Harvard Admissions Committee.
It is at this point that I blocked out the chatter surrounding the dust up(s) between Serena Williams and U. S. Tennis umpire, Carlos Ramos. I needed to gain my own perspective and so I reviewed the matches and incidents leading up to the explosion last weekend:
- We must thank Serena Williams for giving credence, albeit unintentionally to the myth of the “ugly American.” Williams has earned the title “Gaijin” hands down.
- The U. S. Open Committee or whatever they call themselves are deserving as well of the title of “ugly American.” Clearly, they had not prepared a Plan B presentation in the event Serena Williams lost, which she did. Naomi Osaka deserved better.
Beating the Odds
- Millions of dollars must have been lost after it became clear that Naomi Osaka would walk away with the trophy and judging from the boos coming from those (“ugly Americans” aka “losers”) in the stadium whom I suspect bet on Serena.
- Kudos to 23-year-old Osaka who humble, sweet and unknowingly zeroed in on the target stated, I know everyone was cheering for her and I’m sorry it had to end like this…It was always my dream to play Serena in the U.S. Open finals … I’m really grateful I was able to play with you.”
- Long story short (yeah right), according to news reports in Japanese newspapers, Naomi phoned her grandfather, Tetsuo Osaka after the match. Mr. Osaka whose community is struggling to recover from Japan’s latest earthquake was fortunate enough to watch the tennis match(es) between his granddaughter and Serena Williams on tv.
During an interview, Mr. Osaka who witnessed his granddaughter’s victory and Serena’s unsportsmanlike conduct in real-time, after a mention of the earthquake and tribulations that those affected are enduring, in response to a question humbly stated: “Naomi won one of Grand Slam tournaments, but I want her to become a tennis player who is modest and not arrogant. As she becomes a better player, I would like her to become a better person.”
Pretty cool considering that back on U. S. and across Europe, soil social justice warriors, race baiters, feminazis and other Progressive a–holes were (and still are) bitching about the unfair treatment of Serena Williams and toxic masculinity. In so doing, rather than call out Serena’s hypocrisy, unsportsmanlike behavior, narcissistic sense of entitlement and absence of humility, they are attacking Mark Knight, cartoonist and The Herald Sun, an Australian newspaper.
“Political correctness is tyranny with manners.” — Charlton Heston
Knight zeroed in on Serena’s tantrum, sense of entitlement with an illustration that is not only on point but has left the politically correct outraged and choking on their Frankenstein monster, i.e., morality’s poison pill. [Rather than risk being accused of copyright infringement, I have opted not to post ,here at Grumpy Opinions, the cartoon driving feminazis insane. You can view the cartoon in the article linked below.]
No apologies, it was funny. It’s even funnier when one views the cartoon right after viewing footage of the matches between Serena Williams vs. Naomi Osaka. Face it, Serena’s outburst was extreme, which came across in the cartoon and yes, she had that angry Black woman thing going on…hugely.
The first thing that come to mind was (a) so I’m not the only one wondering if Serena is receiving testosterone or steroid injections, (b) if so, what role did it play in her meltdown, (c) wow, there are still people left who will not cower to political correctness, (c) bias is in the eye of the beholder, and (d) this cartoon is brings the ball home.
Equality in Satire
The Herald Sun to their credit doubled down by re-publishing the cartoon but this time, on the front page of its newspaper.
Also to The Herald Sun’s credit is their exposure of the glaring double standard and hypocrisy prevalent among Marxists. The above caricatures from left to right: a caricature of President Donald Trump holding a cat in his arms, North Korea’s president, Kim Jong Ung, in the center “No Satire Free Zone” symbol and to the far right a caricature of petulant Serena Williams stomping her broken tennis racket and a pacifier nearby on the ground. At the top of the front page are several other caricatures.
What is the commonality in Mark Knight’s caricatures?
Satire and the fact that the models of each caricature are treated “equally” by the cartoonist.
There is some similarity in style between the cartoons, especially Serena Williams’ caricatures and the way we (USA) caricatured Hideki Tōjō during World War II.
Pot meet kettle? You can view the caricatures on Wikimedia Commons here.
Hideki Tōjō, was appointed minister of war in 1940 under Japan’s Prime Minister Konoe Fumimaro. Tōjō succeeded Konoe as prime minister from October 18, 1941 – July 18, 1944. Some years later, he was indicted for war crimes, found guilty and executed on December 23, 1948.
The Ugly American(s) – Gai-jin (ガイジン)
As far as Serena unleashing the ugly, elites have a way of doing just that, she opened the door. As for Mark Knight, to heck with political correctness, it’s his cartoon. As for my opinion of the cartoon, eh, the words cause and effect come “to mind.
Marxists are working overtime to erase borders, free thought, and free speech. They have no right to force their ideology on the rest of us, whether it is here on U. S. soil or on cultures located on the other side of the world. To imply that the Serena’s treatment from the umpire to the cartoon was racist, sexist, a result of toxic masculinity or whatever is identity politics and victimhood at its ugliest.
Serena Williams is no victim and she has the checking account, trophies, lavish lifestyle, etc. to prove it. The 36-year-old who has lived a blessed life is lacking in humility and wrong. Selena was losing something that she wanted badly and rather than come to grips with the reality that the Grand Slam Title was no longer in her reach, like a petulant child she lashed out in a rage and sabotaged Naomi Osaka’s moment. She owes young Naomi Osaka an apology times ten.
Progressives, based on their double standards, have lost this debate HANDS DOWN.
Bad week for Nike. They bet on the wrong horse (no pun intended).
Keeping it all in perspective, please, God, just don’t let “gaijin” (translation: ガイジン) return to the lips of Japanese citizens again.
That would be a tragedy.
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