I grew up in Japan where 98% of the population is Japanese. Though half Japanese, looking white, I would like to share my own experience: .
1) #racialdiscrimination is experienced not only from a conscious intent or choice to harm or hurt others but also from a “unconscious” place built from perception based on old-programming: culture, schooling, parents, beliefs, faith, etc where judgements are formed.
2) people of different colour grow up very aware of the dynamics played out in society at a very young age; at an early age, learn to become very #mindful of the “unspoken rules”. Think twice or thrice before we speak or act - being “put in our places” to not shine so outwardly, to not attract attention - making ourselves small trying to navigate our way through society yet never fitting in or belonging with no real sense of #integration of #oneness or #wholeness. .
3) since 2016 living in #London, perhaps due to:
a) changing my career from investment banking to #yogateacher
b) aging, now 47, where I know & love myself unequivocally where I don’t take things personally anymore or know the tools to #heal when my mind gets disturbed and
c) I now wander in #selfreflection from the recent tragic & violent incident in America and #inspired by @larugayoga & @jfeinbrown whether the reason I feel #freetobemyself in England is also because I am experiencing some form of #whiteprivilege for the 1st time in my life 🤔 . I definitely didn’t - treated as an outsider - when I studied at university both east & west coast in the States nor the first time I lived in London in 1995-1998. Though I love my country, Japan is a very racist country though not physically violent, lots of #shadowwork issues, #hushhush #behindyourback with micro agggression and at times passive-aggressive as a culture that doesn’t encourage individual expressions. .
Note: 70% of adults have experienced some form of #trauma. When you include early childhood - young adolescents, the percentage must be higher..
#history : #Japan is the only country where it closed it’s country for 214 years from 1639 to 1853. .
#honesttalk #sharing #opencommunication #awareness #accountability #responsibility