Robert Moorehead

464 Flips | 5 Magazines | 4 Likes | 14 Following | 102 Followers | @japansociology | Assistant Professor at the College of DuPage Sociologist who studies issues of race, ethnicity, and immigration in Japan and the US.

50 Percent Off A College Education? Not Such A Good Deal After All

<i>This is an updated version of a story</i> published in July 2014.<p>In New York City's East Village, there are a number of hole-in-the-wall spots that advertise sushi at 50 percent off. But I can never bring myself to sample the goods. We're talking about a delicacy flown in from around the world. Marking …

Invite foreign interns to settle in Japan, think tank says

A Tokyo think tank says the nation should replace its discredited national foreigners’ trainee program with a system that invites overseas interns to …

'Maternity harassment' verdict benefits women, men — and our humanity

Last Thursday’s Supreme Court verdict in the “maternity harassment” case brought by a physical therapist in Hiroshima was the first of its kind, …

Charles Barkley and the Plague of 'Unintelligent' Blacks

A history of respectability politics, from the postbellum period to today<p>Charles Barkley recently explained why "we as black people are never going to be successful." His reasoning is painful:<p>"We as black people are never going to be successful, not because of you white people, but because of other …

Arizona sheriff ordered to undergo training to stop racial profiling

PHOENIX (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Tuesday ordered a controversial Arizona sheriff to undergo the same training as his deputies to prevent racial profiling and unlawful detention in the wake of the lawman’s recent comments.<p>U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow criticized sheriff Joe Arpaio …

Rabid right foams at the mouth over Line's Korean connection

Internet entrepreneurism has spawned all kinds of free services and applications. Some — with names such as Yahoo, Google, Facebook, YouTube and …

Yasukuni and Nationalist Identities, Japanese and Korean

Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)<p>by Lilia Yamakawa<p>In 1985, US President Ronald Reagan agreed to visit a cemetery in Bitburg, …

Japanese Broadcast Official: We Didn’t Commit War Crimes, the U.S. Just Made That Up

In the clearest signal yet of U.S. unhappiness with the rightward tilt of Japan’s political leadership — and by extension, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe …

Symbiosis in the World of Beauty: The Cosmetics Industry and the Western Beauty Ideal

English: Super Skin Lightener skin lightening cream (Photo credit: Wikipedia)<p>by Kyungyeon Chung<p>Upon walking into a drug store in Japan, one will find …

Who are Japan’s grass eaters?

Lately my American friends have been asking me the most strange question: <b>“Who are Japan’s grass eaters?”</b> Initially I thought they were referring to …

Hundreds of Copies of Anne Frank’s Diary Vandalized in Japan

Japan’s slide to the political right appeared to take an alarming new twist with the discovery this month of hundreds of vandalized copies of the …

70 Japanese students volunteer to help clean Canada’s shores of Tohoku Tsunami debris

On 11 March, 2011 Hiroki Takai was studying at a university in Vancouver. Instead of feeling helpless at the steadily flowing images of destruction …

Snowy Day

My daughter Aya filmed this during Kyoto’s biggest snowfall of the year (4 cm, or less than 2 inches).<p>Advertisements

Kyoto Snapshots

Thousands rally against racism in Sweden

Thousands of Swedes demonstrating against racism and nazism have gathered in a Stockholm suburb, a week after a smaller rally in the same district was attacked by neo-Nazis.<p>Crowds marched on Sunday towards a sports field in Karrtorp, in the south of the capital, where music performances and …

Ken Burns: Bill De Blasio Has Agreed To Settle 10-Year-Old Central Park Five Case

During a visit to HuffPost Live Tuesday to discuss his new initiative "Learn the Address," documentary filmmaker Ken Burns gave an update on the ten-year-old Central Park Five civil suit and told host Josh Zepps that New York City's new mayor will finally settle the case.<p>Burns' 2012 documentary …

Photos Reveal Harsh Detail Of Brazil's History With Slavery

Brazil was the last place in the Americas to abolish slavery — it didn't happen until 1888 — and that meant that the final years of the practice were photographed.<p>This has given Brazil what may be the world's largest archive of photography of slavery, and a new exhibition in Sao Paulo is offering …

Hafu: Telling the story of Japan's mixed-race minority and changing attitudes in society【Q&A】

For such a small word, “half” carries an awful lot of weight here in Japan. Adapted to fit the syllabary, the word is pronounced “hafu” in Japanese, …

112,000 EU migrants seeking British jobs

Around 112,000 European Union nationals are seeking jobs in the UK, a European Commission report has indicated.<p>The report suggested that 112,000 European citizens have registed at JobCentres as formally seeking work in Britain.<p>Of these, 37 per cent have no history of working in Britain, the study …

Plummeting morale at Fukushima Daiichi as nuclear cleanup takes its toll

Dressed in a hazardous materials suit, full-face mask and hard hat, Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, left his audience in no doubt: "The future of Japan," he said, "rests on your shoulders. I am counting on you."<p>Abe's exhortation, delivered during a recent visit to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear …

Sicily declares emergency over migrant influx

Sicily has declared a state of emergency due to rising numbers of migrants coming by boats from the Mediterranean sea.<p>Drones, warships and helicopters were deployed on Tuesday inside and outside Italian waters to scare-off people-smugglers, following two tragic shipwrecks this month in which more …

October 2013

‘Scuse Me While I Solve This Immigration Problem

There’s a crippling STEM talent shortage out there, stalking the streets of Silicon Valley; just ask any Valley executive in the choir crying out for immigration reform. But the IEEE, PBS, and Fortune — an odd triumvirate if ever I saw one — disagree, singing back their own united refrain: “The …

The problems with white allies and white privilege | Latin America

Writer and anti-racist activist Tim Wise has been called out a few times recently for some of his work and his statements on social media. His reaction has been that he is fighting the good fight.<p>In general, I am not in favour of personal attacks on people as these attacks are not productive. …

Migration and masculinity

For the last seven years, I have devoted my research to the study of migration, particularly to understanding transnational familial relationships; …

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