=== Tomoyuki TANAKA ===

Email: tanaka@cs.indiHana dott edu

Tomoyuki Tanaka is an attorney specializing in patent law, currently living near San Francisco. He has lived in Japan and the USA, and has numerous publications in computer science and social issues, including a commentary on the blue LED patent case in the May 2005 issue of Themis, a Japanese monthly magazine.


(Thank you for visiting this page. I don't like to reveal too much information about myself, but I don't mind telling you that ... )

I'm a graduate of Rolling Hills High School (in Palos Verdes, California). If you find awkwardness in my paper's English, much of it was a result of the extreme haste in which the paper needed to be prepared, and, to a lesser extent, the clash of American-journalese and British-academese writing styles.

I'm a graduate of Keio University (in Japan), which has enjoyed great publicity in the recent years. --- Both prime minister Koizumi and financial minister Takenaka are Keio graduates, and Keio's founder, Fukuzawa, is on Japan's most prestigious paper currency (1-man yen, 1984-Present).

For me personally, Keio gave me extra incentive to read that timeless book by Fukuzawa, Gakumon no susume, and Keio gave me a wonderful introduction to Wagner's music. (I was a member of Keio's "Wagner Society" glee club.)


=== An essay on Racism and allusions in "King Kong" ===

I'd like to write an essay (600 -- 1400 words) in a national publication about the new "King Kong" movie:
1. Racism: Isn't the portrayal of the dark-skinned, savage natives racist? And what about that Chinese guy?
2. Allusions: What is the meaning of the references to the book "Heart of Darkness"?
Please make me an offer.




In this page, I'd like to maintain information related to my paper:

http://www.japanesestudies.org.uk/discussionpapers/2006/Tanaka.html
Politically correct racism and the Geisha novel
--- The psychology of sophisticated racism mirrors that of ethnic jokes.

((( I'll probably put information about related articles by me. )))

((( I'll convert more URLs into live links if I have time. )))



=== BBC interview (mp3 from Jan 2006) ===

Tanaka says: "I like the film, but I must say I _despise_ the novel." -- (at 5 min 40 sec)

http://www.savefile.com/files/7470384 (mp3, 16 min, 8 MB)
Tanaka interviewed on Geisha on BBC Radio
Aired Jan 12, 2006 (the day before the film's UK opening)

0. Station ID and news (1 min.)
1. Preview mentioning Mineko Iwasaki (3 min.)
2. Tanaka interviewed by host Bob (7 min.)
3. Quiz about Spielberg (1 min.)
4. Lighthearted talk about "football sox" by Bob (2 min.)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/england/radioleeds/profiles/bob_walmsley.shtml
The host Bob starts talking about the "Geisha" film around 2 min 40 sec.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/england/radioleeds/walmsleyprofile.shtml

(at 8 min 50 sec)
TT: "They call themselves Geiko." . . .
Bob: "So, even the title of the book isn't right!"
TT: "That's exactly correct, yes."

(at 10 min 20 sec)
Bob: "... kind of forging the stereotype of Japanese men as being these sex-hungry people that enslave women ..."
TT: "That's exactly what I'm upset about!"


=== 3 Questions : I'd appreciate your help with the following. ===

1. There is some related material (psychodynamics of racism) in the book "The Nature of Prejudice" by Gordon W. Allport.
Did other people (Orientalism scholars?) make observations similar to mine?

2. Did Freud make observations similar to mine? (elaborated below)

3. suspicions about NY Times bestseller list. (elaborated below)

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2. Did Freud make observations similar to mine? (elaborated below)

Freud must have thought about the nature of racism (the
structure of the racist, discriminating mind) A LOT.

But so far, the only references I could find were about racism
in general (see below) and not my point of
"rationalization mechanism of sophisticated racism is
exactly like that of ethnic jokes."

Civilization and Its Discontents   
on Page 72:   
"... North Germans and South Germans, the English and
Scotch, and so on.9   I gave this phenomenon the name of
'the narcissism of minor differences', a name which does
not do much to explain it."

(Footnote from the same page)  
9 [See Chapter VI of Group Psychology (1921c), Standard
Ed, 18, 101, and 'The Taboo of Virginity' (1918a), ibid, 11, 199.]

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3. suspicions about NY Times bestseller list. (elaborated below)

(Suspicions === that NY Times bestseller list is subject to 
			manipulation by the wishes of the NY Times people.)

I discuss these suspicions in the Section 3 of my paper, where I say:
"(Rocha, 2004). I did not realize that the New York Times bestseller list operated in such a self-prophesizing manner."

from http://publishingcentral.com/articles/20030407-4-f15c.html
"In 1995, Business Week ran a story about two authors who successfully pushed their book onto the New York Times list by purchasing 10,000 copies of their own book, and convincing their corporate clients to buy 30,000 more."
The above case is reported in August 7 and August 14, 1995 aricles of BusinessWeek. http://www.businessweek.com/@@1AfdGIUQFSpBwAUA/archives/1995/b343648.arc.htm http://www.businessweek.com/@@k52n1oQQfqS*0RIA/archives/1995/b343742.arc.htm

Could someone help me find a source for the following information? (I think it also comes from BusinessWeek.)

from http://publishingcentral.com/articles/20030407-4-f15c.html
"The New York Times has even included books in their bestseller list before they become available in bookstores."


=== A blog-like entry about Bach and superhuman intelligence ===

If I had a blog, I'd write stuff like the following:
Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2006
Subject: aria of Goldberg Var.
To: [...]
The thing about the aria of Goldberg Var. (sounding so much better on the piano) that excites me most is the thought that Bach (as he played it on his harpsichords and clavichords) COULD HEAR in his mind how it would sound when played on a future, more advanced instrument.

(Now here's a GEB-like thought --- maybe I'll send it to DugHof.)

I wouldn't put it past Bach the possibility that as he composed his keyboard pieces, he imagined them being played on all possible future instruments. AND THAT IS WHY his keyboard pieces sound so good on synthesizers.

Some literature-and-philosophy authors amaze me (Nietzsche, Freud, Joyce, Nabokov, also Weber), but it is with musicians and mathematicians that I feel a sense of total awe: that some people (like Bach) have entered the realm of superhuman abilities.

TT

GEB by DugHof (that I mention) is the book "Godel, Escher, Bach" by Douglas Hofstadter.

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