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Yumiko Sakuma on Japan-American Cultural Appropriation (H+)

If you’re American and you’re reading this website, you probably own something Japanese. If you’re Japanese and reading this website, you probably own something American. But you probably don’t know the cultural histories of these countries nearly as well as Yumiko Sakuma (@yumikosakuma), a Japanese writer who has lived in and written about the United States for nearly 25 years.

Yumiko is currently exploring how to cover Japanese products from a non-appropriative angle and joins us to talk Japanese-American history, the influence of western media, stopping the pandemic Olympics in Tokyo, and Kim Kardashian’s poorly named bodysuit line.

You can hear the full episode as a Heddels+ member. Also the petition mentioned about stopping the Olympics can be found here.