Mashi

Mashi

Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo-based researcher interested in investigating ethnicity and identity in media.
Jul
25
Black Panelists Discuss #BLM on NHK (7/23)

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."
4 min read
Jul
20
The Myth of Monoethnicity in Multiethnic Japan

The Myth of Monoethnicity in Multiethnic Japan

As John Lie's "Multiethnic Japan" explores the pervasiveness of Japan's perceived monoethnicity, he reminds us of the urgent need to shed this bias from our vocabulary and amplify minority voices.
3 min read
Jul
19
Shishunki: How We Let Our Children Down

Shishunki: How We Let Our Children Down

From the perspective of an elementary school boy, director Koki Okakura's award-winning short film "Shishunki" explores how our education system and society at large teach us to ostracize those who are different.
4 min read
Jul
15
Tokyo Immigration Bureau Protest (7/10)

Tokyo Immigration Bureau Protest (7/10)

Every two weeks, dozens of citizens gather in front of the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau to protest the inhumane treatment of immigrants and asylum seekers in detention.
3 min read
Jul
15
All or None: Lessons from A New Jim Crow

All or None: Lessons from A New Jim Crow

After proving that mass incarceration is another iteration of America's racial caste system, Michelle Alexander argues that only a major social movement that includes "everyone" can dismantle it for good.
4 min read
Jun
14
Lyn's Marginalization in Fire Emblem: Blazing Blade

Lyn's Marginalization in Fire Emblem: Blazing Blade

Lyn heroically overcomes prejudice and grief on her journey to rescue her grandfather, only to be relegated as Eliwood and Hector's moral support.
5 min read
May
16
Solidarity and Song in Carole & Tuesday

Solidarity and Song in Carole & Tuesday

Carole & Tuesday shows us the radical potential of solidarity through music, but can it convince us to hope as well?
5 min read
May
02
A Chance at Legend: Revisiting Anticipation for the New Final Fantasy VII

A Chance at Legend: Revisiting Anticipation for the New Final Fantasy VII

For my first post, I reflect on the Final Fantasy VII Remake announcement from five years ago, and dig into why it made me so excited for its release this month even though I've never played the original.
8 min read