- Aug 6, 2008
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I was just differentiating between the ,more local conversations in the past page or so and the actual OT, sometimes things stray.devinw said:Hmm. I know you say "with regard to the OP's post," but you then go on to misrepresent what I said in that post in fairly significant ways, albeit indirectly, so I really hope your comment wasn't actually aimed at me -- particularly the "racist" crack.With regard to the OP's post, the idea that Japanese products are inferior and shoddy is really a racist and unfounded notion from the WWII era. Yes, there were some crappy musical instruments that came from Japan (and the US!) from the 50s and 60s, BUT by and large the Japanese have been on the forefront of manufacturing technology since...forever. They've been as good or better at us at making electronics, cars, you name it for a very long time. So, it's no wonder there are so many fantastic instruments like Yamaha Recording Customs have come out of Japan.
(Don't mean to bristle unnecessarily, so apologies in advance if that isn't what you meant.)
You said "Just musing on this the other day -- "made in Japan" used to pretty much mean something was crap, a cheap knockoff". I'm not calling you racist at all, but that NOTION *IS* racist and it's mostly unfounded. Get offended if you want, but it's true. A lot of s*** about American history is racist (treatment of Native Americans for $800, Trebeck!). I'm a white man and I'm comfortable saying that. It's OK. We can only heal things by talking about the truth.
It's all good. Everyone take a breath and calm down. I love you all.
White folks manufacture junk too . I'm a white man comfortable with saying that .