Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.
The video I recommend today is called: Social Injustice: サラリーマンの挑戦
The video is done by Kevin Cooney and Ken Suzuki. And I think it’s really well done – the filming, the editing, the music, the acting ... just the whole idea, it’s very funny.
To understand it you have to know a bit of background: firstly who is Rosa Parks and what is she famous for doing and why did she do it? Go and read about Rosa Parks if you don’t know about her already. Wikipedia’s a pretty good place to start, I think.
Another thing that you might not know is that in Japan on some trains they have some carriages that are only for females. It’s usually just during a certain time, like during rush hour.
Actually I just looked it up in Wikipedia and apparently they have this female-only carriage thing in some other countries too. Like: Egypt, India, Taiwan, Brazil, Mexico and the Philippines and they’re going to be in South Korea soon too aparently.
They started in Japan in 2001 and, as it says in Wikipedia: they were introduced to combat illegal obscene conducts ("chikan") including groping.
Personally, I think it’s absolutely the wrong way of going about solving the problem ... but anyway I do like this video so go and check it out.
Kia Ora, in Stick News today, a group of female ski jumpers are not happy about being left out of the 2010 Winter Olympics so they’re suing the Organizing Committee.
And that was Stick News for Thursday the 22nd of May.
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Who was Rosa Parks?
Who was Rosa Parks?
She was a woman who is famous for refusing to give up her seat on a bus.
Why did she do that?
Because she was tired of being treated badly I think.
Why did they ask her to give up her seat?
Um, they used to have racial segregation in the United States.
昔アメリカには ”racial segregation” が公然と行われていたんだ。
What does racial segregation mean?
“racial segregation” って何？
It means that people were treated differently because of their race, and people with pale skin were treated better. So, for example, if there weren’t enough seats on the bus, the bus driver could ask, ah, an African American to stand up so that a Caucasian person could sit down.
Wow. That sucks.
Yeah, it did suck and that’s why there was the American Civil Rights movement.
Social Injustice: サラリーマンの挑戦
Rosa Parks sat on the front seat of the bus and then she became a civil rights icon.
What if I got on (a) women only train car?
I will stand against segregation by sitting on the train.
I don’t think I’m a hero, I’m just doing what’s right.
We shall overcome, we shall overcome.
car (AmE) = carriage (BrE, NZE)
"I don't think I'm a hero, I'm just doing what anyone would do", (or a version of this) is a typical thing people say to the media when they have done something heroic.
We Shall Overcome is a "a protest song that became a key anthem of the US civil rights movement".
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