Quelle: Newsletter No.2, 2017.08.25, Center for Minority Issues and Mission
Das CMIM wurde 2017 in Tokyo als Ergebnis der Beratungen bei der International Youth Conference in Kyoto 2017 gegründet. David McIntosh ist dort ein Co-Direktor. Er ist auch Mitarbeiter im Befreiungszentrum der Buraku in Osaka. Als solcher nahm er an einer Konferenz in Hokkaido, der nördlichsten Hauptinsel Japans, teil. Wir veröffentlichen seinen kurzen Bericht.
Upon Attending “Now, in Ainu Mosir, We Think About Discrimination”
David McIntosh (Co-director)
I recently (June 26-28) went North to Hokkaido Island to attend a conference, “Now, in Ainu Mosir, We think about discrimination,” hosted by the United Church of Christ in Japan Buraku Liberation Center (BLC). Ainu Mosir (“Quiet land of humans”) is home of the Ainu people, whose vibrant hunting-gathering-trading society stretched for centuries from Japan’s main island Honshu in the South to Sakhalin Island and Kamchatka Peninsula in the North. In a narrative all too familiar to aboriginal peoples around the world, northbound migration of Wajin (mainland Japanese) from about the 15th century progressively fragmented and marginalized the Ainu until, ﬁnally, their people and lands were assimilated into Japanese polity.
With about 100 others who take interest in the liberation struggle of the Buraku—a long-segregated community similar in many ways to the Dalit of India—I encountered the land, people and heritage of the Ainu in Nibutani valley, learned about the past suffering and present challenges of the Ainu from the confessional perspective of the Japanese church,. We listened anew to the voice of scriptures, as illuminated through the experience and perspective of Canada’s First Peoples*, and examined the present situation of Buraku and other minority communities in Japan through the lens of international human rights law.
While reminding us that history, social situaions and challenges vary widely in their details from one minority community to the next, the conference also brought into view common threads of experience and wisdom that might be entwined and for strong collaborative action toward a mutual, inclusive future more pleasing to God.
We who share faith are pulled forward by our trust in the Agape God, who invites us constantly toward that place, that society, that future of true peace, where “no one shall make them afraid.” (Micah 4:1-4) And where our faith, ethnicity, situations etc. differ, we are still pulled in the same direction by our common humanity, by our relationships, by international law, and by hope.
This time of learning and connecting with people committed to the liberarion of the Buraku and recovery of Ainu dignity was truly precious for CMIM. Lord guide us as we seek to weave a fabric that celebrates the beauty of each thread.