Vengeance

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I initially considered Jon as another Noah, whom I also saw at the time. With his privilege and power, Jon introduced me to an illusion of the world where I […]

End of bubble

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I left for home at the end of May. Mark saw me off at the airport. Mark wasn’t afraid of showing tears. As we embraced, I heard a tour guide […]

the ex

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There was, of course, the presence of an “ex.” Her name was Kathryn Kawano. She was half Japanese. Quite reactionary, I gave Mark a judgy look for his propensity to […]

The foreignness of the language of love

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Intimacy wasn’t limited to physical. I got to know Mark more personally, and it was quite a challenge to feel close to someone whose life story was so different from […]

Flame

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When I came back to my dorm room, Clare was still up. “I heard the voice mail,” she smiled. I told her what happened, and both of us got very […]

Spark

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Mark drove us to a bar somewhere downtown (I had no geographic sense). I had a glass of wine. What happened in the following hour was that he asked me […]

The buildup

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Mark sat next to me in the Japanese art history class every time. He was the most enthusiastic student and very passionate when he spoke up. Sitting so close to […]

Dating experiment – part 2

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It was about two months later that we had sex. I wanted to experience it, and Chris was perfect for it because he smelled good and was not gross. Sex […]

Dating experiment – part 1

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I met Chris through Eddy. Chris was studying at Waseda that year in the same program as Eddy. He was not a bad looking white boy from the East Coast […]

Failed date

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In the international circle I joined, I met a boy I was attracted to. We flirted, and he even walked me home one evening. At one drinking social, he asked […]