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    Re: Idiot jumps in the harbor at Disney Sea!

    Not forgetting the Alligators

    I haven't posted on here for quite some time but why is it this area of MiceChat has to always compare cultures between Japan and the Western World. Often with a lot of ignorance. Blackout is right and that idiots do exist all over the World. The guy in the picture is a bit of an idiot but he hasn't hurt anyone and so I really feel we need to move on from this subject and stop integrating the poor Cast Members on his nationality. Despite what some would have you believe the Japanese are not perfect or model citizens and like any other country in the World, manners and public behavior can be brought into question with some people. And during my many trips to the country I have witnessed these kind of incidents. Especially when it comes to alcohol.

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    Re: Idiot jumps in the harbor at Disney Sea!

    Quote Originally Posted by Malin View Post
    ...I really feel we need to move on from this subject and stop integrating the poor Cast Members on his nationality. Despite what some would have you believe the Japanese are not perfect or model citizens and like any other country in the World, manners and public behavior can be brought into question with some people. And during my many trips to the country I have witnessed these kind of incidents. Especially when it comes to alcohol.
    In bold above, do you mean "interrogating?" I didn't "interrogate" anyone. I have become very friendly with some of the OLC CMs and I didn't mind asking one of them because there seemed to be the impression that this guy "couldn't" be Japanese, exactly because of the false impression that Japanese people are "perfect or model citizens." I simply wanted to correct that impression, same as you seem to. And since I wasn't in the park that day, I could only do that by asking someone who knew. The CM I spoke with didn't seem "poor" or put out in any way, if that helps. She was genuinely happy to hear from me, as it had been a while since we'd talked and she was also disappointed at the idea that anyone would assume that behavior only came from overseas guests.^^

    As for why these boards often discuss cultural issues, I suppose it's because they're relevant when most of the folks on these boards are not Japanese and we're talking about a resort in Tokyo run in many ways independently by a Japanese company and with over 98% Japanese guests and CMs. I think it's natural.

    I'm a bit curious now about why cultural conversation bothers you so much? Especially since, in this thread, no one seems to have actually analyzed or compared anything between any cultures. It just seemed relevant to know whether or not the guy really was American, at least to me, rather than just allowing a faceless person to be assumed as representing American behavior at the resort. I felt it was a detail of the original post worth following up on and clarifying; I think we do that with news all the time. It seemed to me that no one was even asking whether the guy really was American/foreign or not, and that didn't seem right.

    I know if I was an American who had never traveled to Japan before and I was thinking of going to TDR, I would be a bit abashed to think that this behavior is the image of Americans in Japan or at TDR. I simply wanted to point out that is very much not the case.

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