Data Obsessed

The weblog of an almost-librarian interested in special, corporate, and government librarianship, with occasional forays into technology and anime-related geekiness.

Saturday, October 16, 2004


I'm been spending a lot of what would have been my spare time this semester doing work for LIS 620, the Information Literacy 120 hour practicum, and a part of it, I've been doing what we call Comm Req A's, or Communication Requirement A (many majors at University of Wisconsin then require a Comm Req B, which is more specific to the field). Some of these have been for the ESL courses offered here, and I've seen an interesting pattern with the Japanese students in those classes.

See, all the students in the ESL classes have to write a paper on some aspect of marriage, and almost without fail, the Japanese students choose to write it on the problems with interracial/cross-cultural/international marriages in Japan. It just seems to be odd that it's chosen so often, and I wonder if it's considered to be becoming a major problem in Japan?

I'll have to do some research. This has gotten me intrigued.


At 1:22 AM, Blogger Sixlegged said...

LIS 620. Interesting that you mention this Data-Obsessed Amanda. Here in Aztlán, interracial marriages are very common- in some parts more than others, and more rarely involving Asians.

Perhaps it's safe to assume that people at an undergraduate level- regardless the homeland- are concerned about such human traditions as marriage, and their location has a big impact on whom they marry. (I'm borrowing philosophy from a military buddy- because in the military "you tend to marry someone from where you end up.")

But you note that Japanese students encienden these issues. Amalgamation is a beautiful subprocess of assimilation, but apparently they write about it in an ugly way, and it's a pattern. Hijole! I wonder if in Japan such falsitudes as consumer-driven fabricated reality are seen as values rather than possibilities!

OK, I'm drunk. Enough of this- keep rocking Amanda, and may your data-based ethnocultural observations continue, eventually flowering in to ethnography!


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