@ If You Had Two Cultures, Would it be Easy to Live?

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Jun 13, 2010 21:53
I wonder how my life would be if I had been raised in two extremely different cultures?

I sometimes remember one of my friends, who is a Japanese-American, and that brings back memories.

She went back to the US around three years ago. Her parents are Japanese. She was born in California, and moved to Japan when she was about 8 years old. She spent her school days in primary, junior high and high school in Japan. She said that her school life in Japan was really hard. She was bullied by her classmates. It was because she was different, and other students must have seen her as a peculiar person.

She was not able to write and read Japanese well. Needless to say, her behavior was just like an American girl, despite her Japanese appearance.

When I met her, she was in her 30s. After graduating college in the US, she went back to Japan to work as an English teacher again. She has moved back and forth between America and Japan for over 30 years.

When I first heard the story of her life, it sounded so interesting that I felt envy. However, I gradually realized that a life torn between two very different cultures could not have made it easy to live in either country.

She suffers from an inferiority complex, especially concering (with) her languages, as (because) her English is not perfect, and neither is her Japanese. When she lives in Japan, she misses America. And vice versa, when she lives in America. I felt sorry that she was always restless and insecure when she was living in Japan.

After she left Japan, I learned a lesson and understood what she had been saying.

I wish I had been a nicer friend for her when she was in Japan.

Now that I know, I often think about myself.