LA trip – part 1

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The progressive reverend took a group of kids to the U.S. every summer. The former reverend had moved to Los Angeles to run a church there, and their congregation was […]

New school rules

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I didn’t join the theatre club in my third year. The teacher who supervised the theatre club was disappointed, but the conflict with Izumi and the despondency after the unsuccessful […]

End of softball days

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As much as I hated softball practice, I was getting better at it. I was no strong hitter, but as the third baseman, I missed no bounders and my throw […]

Equality in teachers

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One female teacher told me that teaching was one of a few jobs in which men and women are equal in their salary when I told her I never aspired […]

Light-heartedness

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Izumi and I were in different classes again, but I no longer bothered rekindling our friendship and started to make friends with other girls in the same class. Sayuri had […]

Essay on discrimination – part 2

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I asked the progressive reverend for help when I saw him for an English lesson at the church. The progressive reverend held an annual rock concert with local youth at […]

Essay on discrimination – part 1

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Soon after the third year started in April 1992, we saw the news about a riot in Los Angeles. A video was released of a man named Rodney King, pulled […]

Meeting Jane – the aftermath

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No novels enthralled me as much as Jane Eyre. I was unable to read past a chapter of anything. Many books that we were encouraged to read were written by […]

Meeting Jane – part 2

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Becoming a governess was possibly the only means for her other than marriage to earn her living. She took a job at Thornfield, where she met Rochester. He was no […]

Meeting Jane – part 1

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Age 14 was the year I came to a turning point in my reading life. I had been consuming library books voraciously until I came across Jane Eyre by Charlotte […]