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01:17 pm: Han Solo is wasted on the young
Classes are well underway, and things are pretty much back to the usual routine by now. However, my students have found a new way to make me feel old.

In one of my lessons, the book introduces the question "Who is your favorite actor?" This is one of those standard questions that all English teachers cover at some point here. I recall when I taught in Niigata, this was one that came up a lot. I always said "Harrison Ford," because he was a big name actor who didn't have the "trendy" factor that plagues younger actors. (That was back when all of Japan was raving over Titanic, to give you some idea of what I mean.)

Anyway, I was pleased to see that Harrison Ford was actually one of the examples in the textbook. That led to the following conversation...

Student: Who's Harrison Ford?

Me: He was in Star Wars.

Student: No, he wasn't.

Me: Yes, he was.

Student: Oh yeah? Who did he play?

Me: Han Solo.

Student: ...Who's Han Solo?

Me: O_O

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From:gnine
Date:September 6th, 2007 05:49 am (UTC)
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...this makes me want to cry! For shame, random student, for shame!
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:September 6th, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC)
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That is depressing on so many different levels.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 8th, 2007 08:00 am (UTC)
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It took me a while to recover, that's for sure.
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From:metallijedi1
Date:September 6th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
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Hello, I hope you don´t mind I added you.

I came across your journal because I was
investigating about living in Japan. I
thought about studying the language and
living in there sometime ago.

It´s impressing how little
culture today´s youth has.

You don´t have to be a die hard fan of Star Wars
to have at least a general knowledge of the
movie and who acted on it, specially a movie
that made such a high inmpact in pop culture in
general.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 8th, 2007 07:53 am (UTC)
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I hope you don´t mind I added you.

I don't mind at all.

It´s impressing how little culture today´s youth has.

To be fair, Star Wars isn't as big a phenomenon in Japan as in the US. Still, it did come as a shock.
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From:finabair
Date:September 7th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
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That's just wrong...really, really wrong. ;-)
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From:amilyn
Date:September 7th, 2007 03:23 am (UTC)
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Gods, but we're OLD.

It is SO SAD that Han Solo has not persevered as a household name. :-(
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 8th, 2007 07:57 am (UTC)
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Gods, but we're OLD.

That's definitely how it made me feel.

It is SO SAD that Han Solo has not persevered as a household name.

Indeed. On the bright side, there's just that much more for them to discover.
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From:mangaroo
Date:September 10th, 2007 01:06 am (UTC)
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So...am I correct in assuming that "Star Wars" for this student = the prequel movies? She would know Qui Gon and Queen Amidala and that annoying kid with the midichlorians?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 10th, 2007 12:04 pm (UTC)
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So...am I correct in assuming that "Star Wars" for this student = the prequel movies?

Yep, that's all she knew about.
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