Genshin's Hilichurl and Gaming's Colonialist Impulse
Genshin Impact continues a long standing practice of depicting enemies as racist caricatures, reinforcing the colonialist design of RPGs.
In Pursuit of Color: Being Brown in MMOs
As I search for my first online adventure in years, I recall the difficulty of finding spaces that will allow me to be brown.
Tokyo Immigration Bureau Protest with BLM Shinagawa and Justice for Pato-chan (9/21)
Dozens of protesters gathered on Monday to condemn the Tokyo Immigration Bureau's abuse and discrimination of Black and Trans immigrants.
Dreaming of Online Community in Bofuri
Through embracing gaming-newbie Kaede's original, atypical approach to the hit MMORPG NewWorld Online, Bofuri presents a more inclusive future for online play.
Observing Kamuycepnomi in Monbetsu (9/5)
On September 6th, Ainu from all over Japan gathered in Monbetsu, Hokkaido to observe the salmon ritual Kamuycepnomi and discuss how to continue their fight for Indigenous rights.
Vignettes of Belonging in The Color of Her Passport
Through the experiences of five individuals, The Color of Her Passport provides a glimpse into the questions of identity and belonging that those caught in Japan and Korea's bitter politics must struggle with today.
Leaving Leadership Behind: Media's New Role in Movement-Making
Civil Rights activist Bernard Lafayette, Jr. suggests that a movement needs a leader to act as its spokesperson. But Sasha Constanza-Chock's research on transmedia organizing shows us that such leaders may not be as essential to a movement's growth as they once were.
Kōtoku Shūsui and Angela Davis Discuss Revolution
From prison in 1910 and 1973 respectively, Japanese anarchist Kotoku Shusui and Black scholar-activist Angela Davis contemplate why the question of violence in revolution is the wrong one.
Abolish the Aristocracy: Beyond Royal Protagonists in Fire Emblem
What does a Fire Emblem game look like without the nobility? In this post, I consider how it might be time for the franchise to turn its back to the throne.
Black Panelists Discuss #BLM on NHK (7/23)
A month and a half after airing a racist animation of the George Floyd protests, NHK invites a panel of Black guests to discuss anti-Black racism in Japan on its barrier-free variety show "Baribara."