Recently, I came across a video on YouTube that discusses discrimination towards foreigners in Japan. The user, TheJapanChannelDcom, is a white Australian male who has been living in Japan for a few years. He shares his own experiences and interesting encounters on his YouTube channel with people that are interested in visiting or immigrating to Japan.
In this 11.5 minute video he answers his viewers’ questions on discrimination in Japan. Being a foreigner in Japan he has been through discrimination. He had a hard time finding a place to live and applying for health insurance, credit cards and loans. The interesting thing is that near the end of the video he says that, “as a white male, I haven’t experienced [discrimination] until I came to Japan.” This shows that race is socially constructed because an individual that is part of the majority group would hardly experience discrimination. That individual is able to apply for health insurance, credit cards and other benefits. This type of discrimination isn’t only evident in Japan. The same applies to discrimination in the U.S. There are homeowners that refuse to rent their apartment out to people that are part of a minority group. For example, a person might call the homeowner to ask if the apartment is still available. The homeowner notices that the person does not speak fluent English would make up an excuse to not rent it out.
Being part of a minority group, I was a little happy to see a white male experiencing discrimination. I am not saying this because I think discrimination is a good thing nor to be mean but because white males do not usually get discriminated. Most white people can go wherever they want. They have “white-privilege,” where they do not have to specifically answer questions such as “what are you?” Companies are more readily to hire them and more willing to give their service to them than to people of minority groups. It was different seeing a white male going through discrimination in a foreign country.
Source: Youtube. All credits go to TheJapanChannelDcom.