It has been some time since we heard the terms "intercultural cohesion" and "diversity" discussed, and with the interruption of travel across borders due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, discussions of the expanded hosting of foreign workers and the move towards further internationalization have been overshadowed.
However, Japan itself is already home to a diverse range of people, including those with roots in multiple countries, and those with a diversity of other attributes and backgrounds. Rather than differentiating the majority from the minority and judging whether the former can accept the latter, instead why not reconsider the diversity within society and within yourself, and reconsider the relationships between people. Now, precisely when we are unable to go outside, is surely the time to look to our inner diversity and get ready to open the door.
In this issue we bring you three contributors through the eyes of whom you may discover your own inner diversity: Hoshino René, manga artist who's output is informed by his experience growing up in both Japanese and African cultures; Kom_I, who leverages the arts to gently blend into communities that go beyond genres; and Shimoji Lawrence Yoshitaka, who carefully gathers and communicates living history and thoughts of people with diverse roots.
Inner Diversity <1>
An Interview with Manga Artist and TV Personality Hoshino René
Everyone is a Minority in Some Way
August 12, 2022
- Somewhere in the world today
Inner Diversity <2>
An interview with artist KOM_I
October 24, 2022
Inner Diversity <3>
Contribution by Shimoji Lawrence Yoshitaka, Visiting Scholar, University of Hawaii
The Reality of Diversity in Japanese Society and the Perspective of Intersectionality
November 1, 2022
Behind the Scenes
- Stories from backstage
Inner Diversity <4>
Report on the Awards Ceremony for the Japan Foundation Prizes for Global Citizenship
November 16, 2022