Thursday, December 30, 2010
Who Is Right??
After Barack Obama became the 44th President on 20 January 2009, the bandits in Japan and China have different analyses of Obama’s inaugural address. As everyone knows, Obama’s speech does not contain a famous phrase like John F. Kennedy’s inaugural statement “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” Nor did the 44th President have sharp phrase like Abraham Lincoln’s famous address at Gettysburg in 1863 such as “government of the People, by the People, for the People.” In Japan, a majority of so-called experts or media commentators praised Obama’s speech as “Great” and “Fantastic” or “Excellent.” However, the Chinese analysts have totally different views from those Japanese. The Chinese believe that the inaugural address by Barack Obama lacks famous phrase because the 44th President does not have executive experience in government and poor record for foreign relations. Since Obama, who comes from ethnic minority, needs helps from a majority of white people to re-build the United States of American both domestically and internationally, he cannot put one famous phrase in his speech. While the Chinese view Obama’s speech is cynical from the comprehensive perspective of the United States of America, the Japanese view the 44th President speech demonstrates a lack of understanding of American society as a whole. Since the US is one of complicated society with multi-ethnic groups, American politics has intertwined into this complex society. Who is right, the Chinese or the Japanese??
Labels: Obama Crisis
After growing up and studying in China and Japan, Dr. Suganuma went to the U.S. for graduate studies, earning master’s degrees at both St. John's University (in Chinese studies) and Syracuse University (in international relations) as well as a Ph.D. (in geography) from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.