oooo very true…he’s 1st generation? his dad is japanese and his mom is american though…but he has the same mindset!
Then he is 2nd I think. Usually that’s how it’s counted (1st generation means ‘arrival’ generation).
- Could be some Japanese thing.
- In Japan, each locality (state, prefecture) has quite different mindsets/culture for how to judge personality based on ‘speech act’ and ‘what the person really is’. So his dad might carried it -
- *Also we have our own tradition of uncompromising, un-yieding individualism.
- or he - had some clues about how not to drown in this giant culture of ‘sarcasm’
- or he was able to cut through clutter with his own intellect etc -
It’s just -this American sarcasm culture - especially now spreading among younger side of its population - is really gigantic.
And in short, in Japan, probably we tend to choose to shut our mouth - than to speak sarcastic or cynically. That kind of silence - while holding onto something one believing in - is our way. More respected. And probably considered more empowering - in our own ways.
In our view probably learning to be sarcastic or cynical - looks like divorcing from your own core beliefs or values. (Thus such person become considered irreparable. Also a person who can’t be taken seriously.)
Rather choose to be silent. Or state firmly and plainly - with strength - what you believe, support etc.
No jokes. That is important.