interview Luiz Canales, author Whip, love and videotapes.
When did you start writing? Who or what inspired you to do?
was about 18 years when I was baptized in the church of the Mormons. and I could communicate well in written and spoken English and I started writing letters to some relatives of missionaries from the church in the US. I always liked writing letters and that was, I think, the beginning.
Why this work? What do you propose to her?
To write well something is not fiction, one has to have deep knowledge of the subject, as a university professor for forty years in the East, There are few people who can say something with knowledge of the matter. What I propose to her is to give the world the other side of the coin on the Japanese education system. What the world knows about it is what they have seen in documentaries than just teach one side of the coin, how wonderful it is the Japanese educational system. But that is not all, there is another side that is nothing wonderful. This is the side that I give to the world. Japanese students are victims of a system that castrates and makes brainwashed at all since the early days of study at a school.
What the reader will find in this book?
Exactly what I said in the previous answer. The other side of Japanese education that the world does not know. But it is an original work. It is not an orthodox story, it's my life, the daily life of a foreign teacher in Japan. I tell what was happening in classrooms every day. Classrooms for Japanese teachers are cages with slaves centuries of traditions. I broke the cages, He taught them alive. If you had, for example, to speak of Quixote in a Spanish course, He taught them first films and documentaries on Cervantes and Don Quixote. The video was a means to study something serious and entertained at the same time. A rare method for a closed society to modern Western.
What would you recommend to the reader before browsing the pages of this book?
I think all readers have some knowledge about Japan and its culture. The world speaks of Japanese education and millions have seen documentaries on the subject, but as it is an autobiographical account, There are anecdotes and bits of my life related to show business, but intertwined and directly related to the theme of the myth of Japanese education.
What we can bring reading Whip, love and videotapes?
The stark reality of the myth of Japanese education and culture of Japanese. All it is written in a lively manner and keeps the reader's attention. The "set" changes sometimes from Japan to other lands, for example, I had to take a group of Japanese students to Portugal and Spain. Experience also teaches the reader much in the way of thinking of Japanese university students who are more interested in taking pictures in the works of the Prado Museum.
How did the idea of writing about education in Japan?
I like to read and write about topics that make me think. Nobody likes to read a dull book. I started writing diaries about my life in Japan 1983 and from there, ten years later, the idea.
Where have you inspired to write Whip, love and videotapes?
I'm a big movie buff. I also love reading biographies about stars and movie stars. One day I was reading My name escapes me. The diary of a retiring actor de Sir Alec Guinness (Bridge over the river Kwai. 1957). The book is an account of his life for a year. I loved the book and found the idea really interesting. From the eighties until early 2004, I wrote twenty-six books about my life in Japan and my travels around the world. I thought it would be interesting to a newspaper about teaching in Japan, highlighting my experiences in the classroom and everything that happened in my life related to my teaching career. As I am seen many movies on video at home and in the classroom using documentaries and films, I talk about it in my work. Thus he was born this book.
What you would count us of university education in Japan?
University education in Japan is not great as everyone thinks. When they enter college at a university they do not go with the idea of studying, but they will have four years of holidays, four years of social life. Until the 18 years of age are slaves to the system that is not 'education', but indoctrination, brain Wash, are castrated. They no longer want to study. Parents know, society knows, but without a university degree the student is not in a society where all are bound to obey. Democracy, Japanese release. They have no choice but to parents who pay millions of yen so that their children are not left on the street in the future. The universities, also they say "Amen" that tells them the education ministry, no way out. Or the Japanese the "shit" that is given is down and shut up or tomorrow is the list of unemployment in Japan. Pay attention to this that a young Japanese man has written on the subject:
«What is our object for studying? Most japanese students will say passing the university entrance examination. But will they be happy? No. Because they have lost their object in life. Their only object is passing the exam, but i myself who think it is a foolish thing an studying for the examination, too. I am weak. Japanese students are weak. I am a fool japanese students are fools. Japanese teachers who teach techniques for passing the university entrance examination are crazy. Japani crazy but I am sudying for the entrance examination».
Thus, when a foreigner asks one of his students in the classroom university professor if you like study 95% Answer no". An American professor has a painful but true explanation of these poor victims: "We receive damaged merchandise (spoiled goods) at the University of Japan ».
What can you tell us your experience as a teacher in Japan?
It was a challenge. The Japanese are too passive. The education system in Japan turns everyone into zombies, robots, computers, They do not like to argue, Give your opinion, etc. In the classroom, the teacher who does not have mood get nothing. If you ask a simple question, whatever it is, you answered 'do not know'. If there in the classroom 30 students and do the same question one by one, The answer is the same: "I do not know". Naturally it is impossible to believe. The truth is that the student who knows the answer will not tell you because it means leaving the others in a situation of shame. The student, as everything, in Japan works in relation to the group, If you answer think they tell him the other 39 fellow "Have you seen the guy? Who thinks it is? believed, divine Pava, the mother of the chicks'. This attitude is amazing for a Westerner.
What would you highlight specific features of Japanese education?
Good and bad characteristics are such that to answer the question either have to write a new book. The answer is in the pages of my controversial work I hope to read. If I tell the whole story ends, No more suspense, true?
What method to use when writing?
There are a variety. If it is a biography of Gina Lollobrigida as (I am the author and Calliope publish in April this year), The first is to have some knowledge of biografiado. I investigate and then I start to write. I have no method schedules, etc. I write when I feel inspired.
Rate how was your experience with publishing Calliope.
So far it's been great. I'm happy and I know that now my writing career goes ahead. I started the race 1982, while he is teaching at the University of Kyoto, Japan, I had 39 years. In 1990, I published the biography of Gina Lollobrigida with Branden Books in Boston and had no luck with the publishing. The editror president brazenly stole my royalties. Now, with Editorial Calliope I feel safe. It is a publisher who cares to divulge his work, is a publishing house very responsible and orderly. Blessed is the day that I discovered in Brazil, country in which I live for three years. Editorial Calliope is for me as if I had found the treasure Count of Monte Cristo. I think this year publish five works with them. In addition to the first and the two that follow, "Imperial Gina" in English and Castilian; I have a manuscript that I wrote in English: «My own ringmaster», a work that begins in Ubeda (Jaén), continued in Buenos Aires and ends in Brazil. A Spaniards and the locals will like them a lot. The fifth piece is a surprise, but I advance that is one hundred percent related to Japan. So, with Editorial Calliope I have wanted to work and write a lot and I say heart. And finally, I am a happy man because I have Spanish blood, Gypsy Soul and Editorial Calliope has brought me closer to the Spaniards and Spain. I hope to be a good writer, worthy of belonging to this publishing house.
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