Do you need to explain to your trolls why their argument is invalid without expending too much energy? I've made some helpful explainers you can use. ImageImageImage
These are core categories based on an excellent explainer from a climate science denial site that can be found here.… ImageImage
I might create more after I crank out an application today, but in the meanwhile, go forth and engage in responsible public engagement! 😘
Additions: Red Herring, Oversimplification, and Moving Goalposts. ImageImageImage
Reposting to fix a typo on PV! Ad Hominem, Magnified Minority, and Persecuted Victim. ImageImageImage
Adding to the bottom of this thread the Japanese versions! Go forth and be logical!

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4 May
Please enjoy Japanese language versions of these invalid argument explainers! Below: Ad Hominem, Cherry Picking, and Conspiracy Theories. ImageImageImage
Here we have Fake Experts, Impossible Expectations, and Logical Fallacy. ImageImageImage
Here: Magnified Minority, Moving Goalposts, and Oversimplification. ImageImageImage
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3 May
So, if I want to tweet wildly outside my area of expertise I should tweet from a fake account? I see you are modeling this well! 😌Also glad you believe screencapping people lacks dignity--please convey this to Sachi & co, who began this dispute by screencapping us repeatedly. ✨ Image
I mean, yeah, I could. And I would. But they're not the ones harassing us online right now. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ When they do, the same will happen to them. I'm equal opportunity in my burn delivery service. Image
According to Bad Kitty, exposing people & their tweets with screencapping lacks dignity. 🤔 Perhaps someone should have spread the word back in... February? ImageImageImage
Read 7 tweets
29 Apr
For any of the students at my lecture on Monday, here is a prime example of the need to fight for (ethical) historical scholarship. Scholars wrote a *36-page-long* refutation using evidence. But denialists with a following will insist on logical fallacies.…
Rough translation: "The Kono Statement has been overturned & these cornered foreign professors can't refute with historical facts so they make emotional arguments like "Japan must be embarrassed". What is embarrassing is that they are scholars who teach lies and despise Japan!"
History is living not only because we live it and we are always reassessing it based on our best evidence to date or latest discoveries, but because putting it to paper does not mean that it will be accepted or that it cannot be misused. Teaching and learning history is crucial.
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28 Apr
Honors are great where due but like, what if we created a distinguished speakers series with honoraria for early career scholars experienced in the latest in advocating for the field (and who could benefit most from the money & recognition) instead of folks with tenure & books?
This goes hand-in-hand with recognizing new forms of scholarship beyond pubs pubs pubs monograph & would also help share the newest directions of the field through those most familiar with its latest changes and more exciting new directions. We're on the ground living it, folks!
This is not to say that senior scholars should not get those opportunities or are not deserving of them, but we need to think about institutional measures to support people living through new academic realities. Who benefits the most from that honor?
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27 Apr
I'll also add to this issue of needing qualified people in our schools the numbers--during the job cycle for East Asian Studies this year, to my knowledge there have only been 3 tenure-track advertisements, GLOBALLY, in Japanese history. All modern history, all located in Japan.
That is, exclusively Japanese history. This is slightly different if you're also considering a desire for East Asia generalists, but it's very much telling.
If you contrast these 3 job advertisements for Japanese history with those exclusively looking for China, you find there have been16 tenure-track jobs for historians of China (globally) this cycle. Also, 9 non-TT (not counting postdocs). There are no non-TT Japan history ads.
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