5309Re: [SCA-JML] Digest Number 441
- Jul 9, 2001--- Barbara Nostrand <nostrand@...> wrote:
> Noble Cousins!WELL SAID!!
> Greetings from Solveig!
> Incidentally. I've thought a bit more about how to
> dispell the
> critics faced by our new member. Tell the them that
> you are
> doing some serious persona research. Every once in a
> while tell
> them about something that you have discovered so
> that they know
> that you are doing it. Seriously. Virtually nobody
> who is not
> themselves interested in Japan is going to explore
> the stuff
> that you are going to investigate.
> They are ultimately blowing smoke because they think
> that they
> do not like Japanese. Just try to be as admirable in
> what you
> do as possible. I have heard people chorus that "we
> know that
> there was no contact between Japan and Europe prior
> to 1601
> because Japan was a closed country." When told that,
> no the
> Portugese and the Spanish were quite active there,
> they have
> then chorused "We know that no Japanese came to
> Europe prior
> to 1601." Also a counterfactual notion. One
> detractor posted
> a few years ago that Europeans and especially the
> pope would
> refuse to consort with Japanese unless they dressed
> and behaved
> as Europeans. Another mistaken notion. When the
> Japanese envoyes
> arrived in Italy, the pope insisted that they enter
> Rome in state
> riding on hourseback in their best Japanese finery.
> (ref. Sansom)
> I think that people have overlearned this business
> about Cmdr.
> Perry and the opening of Japan. Japan was not closed
> period. There were times when Japan was not
> interested in
> diplomatic relations with China and Korea, but
> during those
> periods, merchants still continued to travel between
> Japan and
> the continent.
> So what can you do? Demonstrating contact, &c. is
> not gauranteed
> to work as many anti-Asians in the Society are not
> proceeding on the basis of scholarship, but out of
> shared bias.
> Thus, I believe that the best thing for you to do is
> to simply
> outdo your neighbors in the areas of research and
> recreation of
> real historical stuff. Discover stuff about Japan
> which is
> fun, and share that fun with others around you.
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