The Two Faces of Japan: Arrogance

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It is well known from various movies and other forms of media that Japan is famous for being humble. Who can forget the Samurai movies where the servants fall on the ground, bowing to their masters in fervent apology. Their emotions become amplified in Japanese because the language in and of itself contains humble and honorific forms of words, which can elevate the listener and demean the speaker at a whole new level. Continue reading

Please Stop Commenting on How White My Kids Are (Japan)

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It happened again. Someone saw my face, a white Caucasian mother, and then looked at my kids, half Japanese, half American, and they immediately said, “Oh, they’re so white!” Then they smirked. Then they walked away. Well, the fact of the matter is my kids are not so white that it has to be commented on every. single. time. If these words were sincere, maybe I could stomach it, but 9.9/10 it’s said with bad intentions to create a wall that I just can’t seem to climb over. Continue reading