« on: August 12, 2005, 10:08:45 PM »
The reaction in my class was...interesting, from what I heard (I had to go out of town, so I saw he video early). There were people in my class who, when they saw the assassination of the Socialist party leader, cluelessly asked, "That was a re-enactment, right?"
And I just love how the footage of the Miike miners' strike serves to absolutlely destroy the stereotype of the docile and obedient Japanese worker, slaving away at his job and smiling placidly no matter what, all for the sake of Neo-Confucian harmony and and conformity. Yeah, right.
At least they reacted. Half of my class went to bed once the lights went out, and since my Prof was a bit more interested in mentioning how she doesn't remember much of her undergrad at Harvard because she was stoned all the time, she didn't exactly notice. I'll grant you it's not the most thrilling piece if you aren't into the topic, but it wasn't *that* bad. I found it especially interesting as a contrast to a movie she showed us first, which for the life of me I can't remember the name of... some really terribly cliche 80's/early 90's piece with Jane Seymour that concentrated more on the dedicated worker/inferior female dicotemy than on any of the actual events or progress in the Japanese work force. The class was apathetic, at best, except for the one guy whose wife was Japanese; he had a genuine interest in the material.
At least the modern Japanese post-work release mechanism works. Get drunk and never mention it again. Over here they always try to put you in those programs for drinking every day.