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Translating a cultural uprising: how Japan has learned about George Floyd's death

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It seems that the whole world took note of George Floyd's death, but the story of his death - and the protests that followed all across this country - wasn't being presented to everyone the same way.

Dr. Ryuta Nakajima, a UMD Professor of Art and Design, noticed his Japanese friends back home had a radically different perception of what was happening and why, so he took to social media to set some things straight.

Those posts, on the social media page of the Okinawa Seaside Laboratory, have reached over half a million readers in Japan.

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