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    Dubbing Morimoto

    Luna_Estrella
    Mon Jul 23, 2012 6:04 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I'm doing a rhetorical criticism of Iron Chef America and the way they use dubbing for Chef Morimoto. Can anyone tell me why? He has lived in America for 27 years.
    duonyte
    Mon Jul 23, 2012 10:44 pm
    Forum Host
    You might be better off asking this in the Celebrity Chefs forum - I have no idea of who you are talking about but I understand many of the chefs are discussed there and someone might know the answer.
    Molly53
    Mon Jul 23, 2012 10:44 pm
    Forum Host
    Luna_Estrella wrote:
    I'm doing a rhetorical criticism of Iron Chef America and the way they use dubbing for Chef Morimoto. Can anyone tell me why? He has lived in America for 27 years.
    I read somewhere that the older a person is when they move to another country/learn a new language, the stronger their accent in the new language will be.

    For example, if someone moves before the age of 13 or so, they will assume the accent and intonations of their new location. After that, not so much.

    My spouse has been in the US for 35 years and still has a noticeable accent.

    For TV purposes, I'm guessing that his accented English is too strong for the everyday viewer, thus the dubbing.
    Luna_Estrella
    Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:39 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Thank you so much. I got a little lost in the topic titles. icon_smile.gif
    Luna_Estrella
    Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:43 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Molly,

    Thanks for your response. It's no secret that many Americans are uncomfortable at the thought of trying to listen harder to a non-native English speaker (which is something producers will pay attention to), but as a global thinker, I'd really like to see them let Morimoto speak for himself - perhaps aided by subtitles. The dubbing just seems so demeaning to me for some reason.

    I sent a query but was sent here to "ask others what they think," so I guess this is it, lol.

    Thanks again.
    Rinshinomori
    Fri May 24, 2013 6:03 pm
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    I so agree with you Luna. Morimoto speaks English ok - yes, he does have accent but so do most of the new immigrants to the US. I don't watch Iron Chef US but is it that Morimoto is speaking Japanese to his assitants?

    When he challenged a Japanese chef in the new version of Iron Chef Japan, the Japanese producers made a big deal about Morimoto being American. It was rather embarrassing really because he may be American now, but he is originally from Japan and goes back and forth between the two countries. He spoke English several times on that show because of that reference and he was getting a little ticked off.
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