I’d like to ask a question. This question might put people off just because it’s not politically correct to do so and is very taboo to dare contemplate.
However, I must ask this question:
As a Caucasian Male, when I sign up to a Japanese citizenship does that truly make me Japanese?
Hear me out on this one.
By obtaining a Japanese citizenship, going to Japan and living there, does that make me Japanese? Does it make me as EQUAL to a Japanese whose family has been in Japan for over one thousand years? Do I have the same, equal claim to Japan as a Japanese person whose family lived during the Sengoku Jidai, Restoration of their Emperor, conquered Korea and Manchuria, etc. Do I hold the same claim to their culture, history, heritage and lineage as a Japanese person who is a descendant of who survived the Sengoku Jidai?
Am I the same as that person?
Considering my question, you’d most likely answer that “Of course not” and that “You’d hold no claim to Japan or its history”
Blunt, but true. I would hold no claim to Japan, even if I bought land there, made a home, have a job there, and so on. I wouldn’t have the same, equal claim to Japan as a true Japanese person would.
So I will follow up with another question, but bare in mind my first question:
However, anyone and everyone who obtains an Australian citizenship, is automatically Australian and is on par to an Australian, whose family has been here since the First Fleet, dragged Governor Bligh from under his bed, banished the Chinese from Lambing Flats, Federated the colonies into one country, fought at Gallipoli that birthed the ANZAC legend which baptised Australia and Australians in blood.
And that person, has the same equal claim to Australia, if not MORE of a claim by obtaining a citizenship?
That doesn’t sound fair, or just.
Why can’t I become as equal to a Japanese, but in reverse, a Japanese can be as equal to me?
My family trekked this great land, built it from nothing and have a rich history, heritage and culture. But someone who just got a citizenship yesterday has more claim to this country, its heritage, history and culture than I do?
But Japan is older than Australia so it does have a longer history, so let me go to younger countries such as South Sudan. Imagine the same question being asked but replace Japan with South Sudan.
I can’t claim to be a South Sudanese, due to their history. I didn’t fight in their war of independence from Sudan. And to suddenly, have a stranger to consider themselves the exact same as one of those that fought in their war, is rather offensive to the South Sudanese because not only that I’ve taken their glory but also claim that I contributed to their war and that I have a claim to their country as well.
Now imagine what its like to be an Australian, whose family has been here longer than how old South Sudan is and that an Immigrant that shares no cultural similarities, no racial similarities to the native people of the country, no historic involvement in its development and who just arrived yesterday saying that they are now Australian. Is not only offensive, but completely disrespectful of the people who made the country that it is today.
I do not refrain from saying this but its really insulting for a Middle Eastern Muslim saying to me that they are Australian. Someone who states they are EQUAL to me and my family, who has a claim to Australia, its history, heritage and culture. Who has more of a say than I do and my lineage does. All because, they have a piece of paper that says they are a citizen of Australia.
Who knows, it might make me out to be the dreaded “R” word, but it is rather obvious that I’m not equal to a Japanese as much as a South Sudanese is equal to me.
I have not fought in their wars, I do not have a lineage or history or a heritage in their nations. If I did get a Japanese citizenship, I would be an Australian LIVING in Japan. No matter if I adopted their culture, way of life, and everything to be a Japanese, regardless if I’ve abandoned everything to become Japanese. I’m still a Caucasian Male, born and raised in Australia, whose family has been there since the Third Convict Ship. I’d never truly be Japanese and if I had kids there, they wouldn’t be Japanese until they inter breed with the native population and phase out from their Caucasian features to an Oriental one.
But, this is merely my opinion.