Madame Butterfly, what a beautiful opera.
Or is it?
For me, I have always had conflicting feelings about this one and true to Global Citizen form, it will be an opinion that I do not think has ever been discussed in the West. I’m not sure if it was discussed in Japan but if any Japanese have an opinion I would LOVE TO HEAR IT!
Again, this is one of the reasons we created this blog. The point I am going to make I think has never even been considered in the West and I might, honest to God, be the first one to propose it.
I should also say that I made the title of this post provocative on purpose. Most of you will read this post for the “Asian Women, Western Men” part won’t you. Well, I’m talking about OPERA people. LOL
Well, actually this opera is exactly that, Asian Women and Western Men but from a long time ago. I could go into the current situation/relationships but no, it is late and I would prefer to keep this post short.
Getting back on track you will have to watch this wonderful YouTube Video and I’ll give you a short explanation about Madame Butterfly.
And for bragging rights, I saw this Opera in Tokyo. Didn’t hear any complaints from the Japanese which furthered my confusion.
Explanation (super short):
1. An American Naval Officer (Pinkerton) comes to Japan, finds a pretty Japanese lady, makes love/has a romance and leaves. He promises to return to be with her.
2. She waits and waits for him. She is in love and cannot wait for his return. She waits everyday for him.
3. He returns and is married to a Western woman.
Important point: … This is what bothers me. At that time it was only proper to marry other whites as a “real wife” while only playing with the Asians. Yes, I know, very controversial. This is WHAT BOTHERS ME! This is the point I’m trying to make and will come back to it.
4. She is sad and commits suicide.
SO, here is my problem with the Opera.
We in the West look at it as a very beautiful Opera and one that shows us the magnitude of love combined with the absolute devotion of those mysterious people from Japan.
Yet, as a Global Citizen, one who understands both Japan and America I want to say WTF!!! Perhaps I do not understand everything as well as I should?? And here comes my controversial viewpoint. And I warn you, I will be very quick and succinct about this.
In the West, this is all very beautiful because it is the Asian woman who is getting burned. If the situation were reversed and a Japanese came to America, seduced an American woman and then decided she wasn’t as good as a Japanese woman, Americans would probably go into convulsions.
I use the reverse situation simply as an example, but apples are not to oranges just as strawberries are not to watermelons. The point is this:
I was uncomfortable as an American seeing an American seduce a Japanese only to delegate her not as good as a western woman and then understanding the Japanese mentality have her commit suicide.
Hell, I left that opera in Tokyo wishing I had a Canadian patch I could attach to my forehead or something. But no, everything was just fine and I couldn’t understand why.
Why couldn’t I understand why?
Because in America, if the situation was reversed, A Japanese seduced an American lady, decided she wasn’t proper to marry and hitched up with a Japanese woman and the American then jumped off a cliff people would be going berserk!!!! Hell, Sarah Palin would have a field day with that and probably blow a brain vein!
So no, I do not get this opera. I do not understand why the Japanese should like it either.
Now, to blow this blog wide open, we could go into current relationships between Asian women and Western men and I’m pretty sure it would become one of the most popular blogs on the internet.
But being sophisticated GCs’ as we are we’ll just wait for any comments if anyone dares to.
Lots of love. Mateo