Three debate topics for the new year, connected to shopping and “stuff”:
- Stores and shops should close on January 1st.
- “Lucky bags” are a waste of money.
- The “otoshidama” age limit should be 18.
- “Osechi” is an old tradtion that should be abolished.
Here are a few articles that may help:
Here’s another video. The first part focuses on two young dancers, then there is a photo montage of people wearing hijab, with a voiceover reminding us not to be afraid, and finally there’s a dance sequence, starting at about the 6:20 mark.
Watch one of the kids tell you the answer to this joke at the end of the video:
Here is the editor’s explanation about “Why We Put a Transgender Girl on the Cover of National Geographic”
I’m sorry there are no Japanese kids in this video. If you know any 9-year-olds, try interviewing them about what they think the best and worst parts of being a boy or girl are.
Oxford Dictionaries has announced its Word of the Year for 2016:
They say the choice is because of both the Brexit vote and the US election, although the first use of “post-truth” appears to have been in 1992, referring to the Gulf War. The “post-truth” campaigning and fake news certainly seem to have been one reason for the suprising election results in the US.
After President Obama was elected, many people hoped that it signaled a “post-racial” world. We were obviously wrong.
You may remember that last year’s was an emoji (not the word “emoji” but a specific one):
😂 (Face With Tears of Joy emoji)
Browsing past winners and the shortlists says a lot about current events over the years, and some years have a different winner for the US and for the UK.
It’s a good reminder that langauge changes, as does most everything else in life, so we need to adapt. But it’s okay to debate and fight things — policies, attitudes — that you disagree with.