10 Million Against Me

I still remember the eyes of the belligerent, old lady piercing through me with disgust. “Go back to your country, you Japanese bitch.” She called me a bitch in front of strangers passing by in the street. Listening to the tsunami of such vulgar words, I stood frozen in time, seared with an embarrassment that I had never felt in my life. I wanted to scream back at her. Tell her I was doing the right thing for my ownRead more

Sendai, the city of harmony and nature

Probably the best part of speaking four languages at an advanced to native level is that I am able to be involved in a variety of activities that connect one culture to another. One of such opportunities was to translate a Japanese website into Korean and introduce Japanese cultural heritages and history to Korean web-users. Since a few months ago, I’ve been proofreading Korean translations of Sendai Tourism Website. Sendai is an economic and cultural center of Japan. Located in the Tohoku (northeastern) region,Read more

“It’s not the Sea of Japan. It’s the East Sea.”

“As you guys can see on the map, the Korean peninsula here was divided between a Soviet-blacked government in the North and an American-blacked government in the South…” It was another typical day at Episcopal, and I was sitting in my AP US History class, gazing at the map on the screen. Mr. Reynolds was pointing at a map that shows the Korean peninsula, the place where I come from, while explaining the containment policy during the Cold War. IRead more