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rumpel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-24-11 03:21 PM
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A new book by Takano Teruko entitled Jipushii ni ykoso ! (Welcome to Gypsy world! ) was just published by Gentsha in Tokyo.

Martin Kaneko, a tireless supporter of Roma, has commented on the shoddy scholarship of this book (written after just a two week visit to Romania by its author !!), his comments are below. He is supervising the Japanese language appearance of We Are the Romani People.

Impressions of Romanian Gypsies (original in Japanese)
by Martin Kaneko
The author Takano Teruko / , stayed in Romania for two weeks from 22nd of December 2010 to 5th of January 2011 . Takano visited a few Roma in Romania, e.g. members of the world-famous band Taraf De Hadouks. A few samples from her book:
Alright, in the hope it will become a forward-looking term, Ill call them with their petname Gypsy. (p. 17).
It would be nice, if the word Gypsy becomes a positive pet name, so that everybody can use the term Gypsy without hesitation freely! (S. 158)
Since the word Gypsy is categorized as a discriminatory term, they appear to be an illusionary people in Japan. Maybe they will accept the mild term of Gypsy-san = Mr. or Mrs. Gypsy. (p. 297)
Similarities exist between hooligans and Gypsies. (p. 323)
Gypsies live only in the present, terms like past or future do not exist. (p. 345)
To popularize the name Roma, it is necessary to use the term Gypsy as a medium, and I hope, the petname Gypsy will survive, in order to express their culture and spirit. Thus, Ive used the word Gypsy throughout. (p. 349)
The last sentence is not correct. Apart from the term Gypsy, Takano also uses Tsigan. Takano stayed at the home of Kati, a 60 years old Romni, for several days, and calls Kati Tsigan-Mama (p. 341). About Kati she writes:
Although she was a Gypsy, everything in her home was spic and span and it seemed she could not really be a Gypsy. (p. 217)
Although Kati is a Gypsy, she is not a stiff-necked Gypsy. (p.269)
Even Kati, who is not gypsy-like, is temperamental and her feelings keep changing all the time. (p. 333)
Takano appears to have a preconceived negative image of what a gypsy ought to be and cannot liberate herself from this image.

Early in the morning (from AM 02:35 to 04:05) on May 14th 2011, the TV station Fuji transmitted the program Loving Gypsies (Jipushii ni koi shite). I did not see it, because I was asleep at that time. The narrator was the essayist Takano Teruko ( ). The DVD Loving Gypsies is scheduled to be released on September 21st 2011 by Tei Company.
I am a member of the 1988 founded NGO International Movement Against all forms of Discrimination and Racism ( /) and the committee Japan of IMADR sent a letter of protest to the author Takano and the publishing house Gentsha on the 21st of June.
Ever since December 1980, when I was invited by the Buraku Liberation League ( ) to report about an European minority group, I keep repeating that the correct name of Gypsies is Roma, but as can be seen, with little success. If you consider it worthwhile to put my information in the ML Roma_in_ Americas, please do so. I would appreciate it greatly, if Roma in the US and Canada would protest against Takanos book at the Japanese embassies or consulates. By the way, I sent the same information to the Sinto Romani Rose in Heidelberg and to the Rom Dragan Jevremovi of Romano Centro in Vienna.

The gypsies have no concepts of past or future. This is the assertion made in a book published recently (Takano Teruko, Jipushii ni ykoso! Gentsha, Tokyo, 2011, 1,470). Could that be true? Moreover, what may the gypsies be (Shimada Shinsuke = comedian, in the TV program Loving Gypsies on the 14th of May 2011) An ethnic group originating in Northwest India, now found in wide distribution. Their language is Romani. Kjien = Japanese dictionary) Lets look it up at Amazon Ah, there it is! English-Romani Dictionary by Ronald Lee (Magoria Books, Toronto, 2011, 4,088). Would there be a word for past and how about future? The past seems to be called araki, the future is avutno. Of course, the concepts of past and future do exist. The author might do well to reflect on ignorance, because the reproduction of half-baked knowledge may cause propagation of prejudice. Even without this, the whole world sees the Gypsies with prejudiced eyes. Gypsy is a name they are called by specific other peoples and this term is used fairly indiscriminately. It has become a synonym for evil. Just like the former discriminatory term special settlement (tokushu buraku) for discriminated buraku (hisabetsu buraku) in Japan.

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