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Awkward (adj) : 1: lacking social grace and assurance ; causing embarrassment (an awkward moment)

2: not easy to handle or deal with : requiring great skill, ingenuity, or care (an awkward load) (an awkward diplomatic situation)

3: having a discussion about American politics in the new millenium degenerate, as your conversational partner (the school nurse) at the end-of-the-year drinking party imbibes more and more whiskey, into this sweet little old lady reenacting the 9-11 disaster by crashing her chopsticks stand repeatedly into her upright chopsticks and knocking them over with copious vocal explosion sound effects, leaving you completely lost for words and finally succumbing to a fit of the nervous giggles (see above, 1 and 2)

— awk·ward·ly (adverb)
— awk·ward·ness (noun)

Date: 2008-03-21 12:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Date: 2008-03-21 09:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I had a very similar and horrid situation like that.

Met a Japanese girl in which she and I had mutual interest in each other. Another guy happened to be there and we were all introducing ourselves and our respectives hometowns. So both the other guy and I introduced ourselves and talked a little bit about our hometowns. Then I ask: "So, Saori. Where are you from?"

She gave me a big grin. "Hiroshima! ^_^"

Both the other guy and I exchange subtle glances. No one said a word for about 10 seconds.

Somewhat perplexed, she asked, "You don't know Hiroshima? D="

A few seconds go by. The other guy cleared his throat and said, "Err...yes...we've heard about Hiroshima...but more about it's history and not so much about the place itself."




Date: 2008-03-23 05:37 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Why is that awkward? Are people going to act that way when somebody says they're from New York City because of 9/11? I think not.

Date: 2008-03-23 07:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
True. But I have heard about how the people from Hiroshima been under stigma from other Japanese people at one time for fear of radiation poisoning. They even had a term for it.

Date: 2008-03-23 03:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah, but you underestimate the massive guilt complex harbored re: Hiroshima by most North Americans with ties or interests in Japan. : /

Also, New York is extremely famous for many, many reasons besides 9/11...and, let's face it, 9/11 is an awkward topic mostly because it's a fairly recent shock and it was close to home for North Americans, not because it broke any records for human brutality. Hiroshima, though, was flattened under one of the most horrific and brutal death tolls in history, before it had time to build up an international reputation for anything else...and therefore, fairly or otherwise, most Westerners hear "Hiroshima" and think "atom bomb".

(That said, Hiroshima is a beautiful city in its own right and it's a pity it's had to become a symbol for war crimes, destruction, and human hubris in the international eye. Still, better to remember than to forget and repeat.)


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