Minami, I'm Sorry


Minami, I’m Sorry explores western fetishization of non-white culture, fashion, and aesthetics specific to young Japanese women. In researching joshi kōsei (JK) compensated dating culture in Japan, I came across a J-pop star named Minami Minegishi, a founding member of AKB48, who released a video to the public apologizing for dating a boy in another successful J-pop group. The piece not only aims to function as a critique of female subjection in Japan, but also to comment on modern day oppression of nonwhite ethnic, racial, and cultural groups through fashion and accessories in the US.