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I quit kendama, stop using politics !!

Discussion in 'The Sesh' started by Ed kwan, Apr 6, 2021.

  1. Ed kwan

    Ed kwan n00b

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    I got Into kendama in 2019 and I really started to enjoy. then the virus lockdown started and I thought, well, here is a great chance to really practice some tricks, then that stupid George Floyd junk happened and gangs of “protesters” started burning down cities, churches, killing people and then I saw some American kendama companies posting to their Instagram accounts about support Black Lives Matter.. the apartments next to where I live was set on fire by BLM, riots in our streets, everyone’s cars destroyed, grocery store looted, I could go on and on, it was hell on earth situation. All in the middle of a “pandemic” when the CDC was telling everyone stay inside to stop the spread of a viral outbreak. Insanity even falls short to describe what was happening. And again, here I see wooden toy companies telling me to give money to the same group of people who are burning down and destroying where I live ? It was disgusting, I couldn’t even imagine how these companies are creating little sticker packs to fund actual terrorism. At that time I was so outraged and sickened I just put down the kendama and walked away. As
    The weeks went on we all saw what happened to Portland, Minneapolis, cities in California, then I started seeing Black Lives Matter leaders arrested, Micha Rodes for example was arrested for raping and killing a 11 year old kid. And that wasn’t the only one, there were multiple BLM members arrested for rape, child molesting, murder. maejor page, BLM leader got jailed by the FBI for stealing 200k of donations and buying himself cars and a house using the money people gave. Why say all this ? Because I picked up a Japanese toy hobby and a year later, during a world
    Wide pandemic I’m seeing these American companies donating and promoting criminals who are gathering in huge groups in a pandemic to burn Down buildings, hurt innocent people and play the victim over nothing. I was a big fan of KendamaUSA team, but when this happened, I saw grown Black Lives Matter men threatening to beat up some kids over Instagram because they didn’t “come out in support and silence was racist” one Was a 14 year old high school student, is he racist because he didn't support people burning down buildings and killing??? That’s absolutely crazy.. ! I’m sure everyone on this website knows all about what happened with Kusa and sweets so I will leave that alone.
    As this pandemic passed I could return working, I had kind of forgotten last summers events and I picked up
    My Kendama a little bit and remembered enjoying it, so I thought maybe some companies learned not to mix politics and I could enjoy the hobby again.
    nope.
    I saw sweets posted something about stop Asian hate, and a few others like grain theory, as I’m sure you can tell by my English I’m also from Taiwan originally and I have to say that it’s such a lie for them to advertise “white supremacy” has anything to do with what is happening in the USA right now. Now they are replacing "BLM" with "AAPI" its just like CCP propaganda !!! I’ve lived in America now for about 12 years and I have never once had any white Person treat me badly or act racist ever, I’ve never seen any other white people do anything racist towards Asians, it’s actually the opposite! They are always the ones who wanted to be my friend, to help me with my English, to invite me out with them ! And I do not care who this makes mad but we all know, everyone knows that blacks are the ones attacking us asians, blacks are the ones robbing and beating us! Black Lives Matter are the ones kicking a 78 year
    Old Asian man yelling “die chink” black people spit on me on the bus saying “fuck you corona bitch!” So
    Why do these small companies continue to advertise false politics !? I know there are a lot of kendama companies in other countries but America is always the biggest and this is so offensive to us asians to be told that
    White people are bad while blacks rob beat and kill us. I wish sweets and GT, Sol and Kusa never said anything about political stuff and just promoted kendama so everyone can just have fun. I feel like I am living under communist Chinese propaganda again ! And I hate it ! So today I will no longer buy or
    Play kendama. You can have your CCP Instagram posts and attack each other like “bonz” yelling “fuck America” but never actually living in a bad country. peace.
     
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  2. Emil Apostol

    Emil Apostol DS Legend

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    Brother, might wanna take a breather or you'll have an untimely aneurysm.

    Let me get this straight, I do agree on some of your points (especially with respect to the CCP being a malicious entity, and the recent violence against the Asian community in the US because fellow Filipinos are also victims of such attacks). However, delivery is just as important as the message. You think that your act of quitting kendama will seriously fix all these issues? It won't. You'll just be depriving yourself of this beautiful game and welcoming more misery into your life.

    While you may not like what kendama has become associated with, it is what it is, and one must take the good with the bad. Hell, you even have the privilege to dissociate the "bad" parts of kendama by adopting the JKA approach of "kendama-do," buying Japanese-made kendamas and following the traditional style. No western/Chinese influence there.

    I understand your frustration, but an incoherent rant like this will not win you any support in the political discourse. Besides, this isn't the proper forum; might wanna move this over to Non-Dama Drama?

    It isn't all sunshine and rainbows; life isn't, after all. Still, I hope you understand what I'm trying to say. Praying that the unrest in your personal life will be quelled.

    P.S. Might wanna bring the ken-drama somewhere else like FKC. If you really want your voice to be heard, Downspike isn't the place. You can count the number of active users here with the fingers on both of your hands.
     
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  3. JHard502710

    JHard502710 Slayer

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    Well put brother. Your response was very tactful and hit some great points. I read All of OP’s post and was pretty turned off by what seemed like a very “drama-seeking” response. Or was posting it to see what kind of Reactions they could get from it. Not the type of thing I’m into.
     
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  4. Emil Apostol

    Emil Apostol DS Legend

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    I honestly understand where OP is coming from. I have family in the Bay Area and I fear for their safety because of the recent violence against Asian Americans in the States.

    Still, it doesn't change the fact that this post was uncalled for and juvenile. As a longtime Downspike user, I felt the need to engage and point out OP's ill-tempered statement.
     
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  5. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

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    As a reminder, please address your comments to the topics presented not the poster. There is no need to denigrate, belittle, or negatively comment on a member personally; it does not contribute to a productive conversation. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
     
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  6. JHard502710

    JHard502710 Slayer

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    Oh I def am for the safety of all, it just seems like calling out a company for being socially conscious and trying to protect others is doing what @goenKendama is speaking on with not insulting a member personally, however there were some pretty insulting/accusatory statements towards companies that have “real people” represented for in this DS community..
    this seems more like a political post as opposed to a Kendama Post and should prob not live it’s life in this forum without fully being aware it’s going to draw people in to put “their opinions” about politics.. I don’t know. Maybe that’s just me, but the OP seems like it should be something u find on FB not here.. I come here for DAMA not DRAMA
     
    Apr 8, 2021 at 5:38 AM
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  7. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

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    Because my original post was as staff I'll continue wearing that 'hat' for this reply as well since it relates to DownSpike issues. @Emil Apostol @JHard502710 Since both of you bring up similar thoughts regarding the location and appropriateness of this thread I will just mention that while the boards here have overwhelmingly had a non-FKC flavor, hot topics have been discussed from time to time. Because they are connected to kendama, in whatever way, they have generally been posted in Sessions.
     
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  8. JHard502710

    JHard502710 Slayer

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    Heard. I’m not here as often as I used to be, simply because there isn’t much action aside from our typical “what’s new” and “who is leaving now” and the “DSExchange” and usually u or I or @Emil Apostol are the ones posting on those first two topics it seems. I have made more sales on IG this past year than on the DSExchange too honestly. Maybe I’m just becoming jaded with people more and will just leave SocialMedia all together and these type of interactions for others to deal with or interact with..
    Butttt until I delete the App off my Home Screen I will still prob check in from time to time just because it is habit to click that little icon.. we’ll see.
     
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  9. Ghost Fox

    Ghost Fox n00b

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    Man, this is Gold. you and I agree 100% dood. I feel the exact same way. I hope you will check this post again because I don’t think you should completely quit, personally I don’t follow one single American player or company anymore for this exact same reason, but I enjoy interacting with the Japanese community, coincidently, I hadn’t been on here in probably a year and was just checking in to see if there was any posts about Su-lab Damas, but I was just talking about this same thing with a few other people who also are sick and tired of Instagram “woke politics”. My wife is actually from japan and she was commenting to me recently that Japanese people do not appreciate that aspect of American / western culture, that we always have to glue some kind of left wing liberalism propaganda to business and then shun people who don’t agree while at the same time preach “love and tolerance”. But they don’t actually love or tolerate anything.
    Anyway, if you see this, don’t quit, just follow Japanese or strictly Asian accounts or just ignore socialist media all together. Other than terra (i love their products) I just buy made in japan kendamas. Don’t let a few liberals ruin a fun hobby for you! I won’t let them do It to me either dood!
    also I appreciate you speaking the truth about that Black Lives Matter trash, that takes some guts these days to speak the truth. My wife and I both know (and many others) exactly what your talking about. If you ever come out to the Bay Area let’s sesh at the Japantown pagoda !
     
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