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 […]

Aloneness

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My friendship with Izumi and Kei was changing. I often visited them in their classroom during recess. Whenever I visited, Izumi was surrounded by other girls, and it felt awkward […]

Madonna’s “Sex”

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In the year I was in the 2nd-grade of junior high school (8th grade in the US), Madonna released a photography book, “Sex,” which caused quite a sensation in Japan. […]

Izumi’s boy

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Autumn was approaching, but I wasn’t enjoying the theatre club as much as the previous year. Izumi had started “dating” a boy whom I loathed. He would take pleasure in […]

Aftermath – new girls’ rules 3

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From the following week, I started to play with my hair – ponytail with a cute scrunchy, two braids, headbands. The fun of it released some tension of being 14 […]

Freedom – new girls’ rules part 2

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There were several girls from both 2nd-grade and 3rd-grade. On one side of the room, the 3rd-grade girls sat in line. 2nd-grade girls sat facing them on the other side. […]