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01 December 2009 ~ 14 Comments

Making the grade in Yokohama

He boarded the train and scanned for a free seat, spotting only one, the one beside me. I was reading a book, conspicuously paying him no mind at all while indirectly, peripherally, watching his every move. He approached the seat beside me cautiously, glancing around as if praying that another free seat would reveal itself. None did. […]

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19 November 2009 ~ 34 Comments

A strange thing happened on the way to Yokohama…

This morning I was on the train checking my emails when we pulled into the station. It was packed to the teeth and about to get more so judging from the lines on the platform before the door near me. I turned around and braced for the surge. And it came. As usual  the surge […]

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10 November 2009 ~ 3 Comments

Something Beautiful

Something Beautiful

I remember the first time I read Toni Morrison’s masterpiece, “Beloved.” (I say ‘first time’ because it took me three reads to fully absorb it.) She changed all my ideas about what writing was all about. She went ahead and set the bar so high I couldn’t even see it. Not to suggest that before there […]

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10 September 2009 ~ 25 Comments

The Minstrels on my desk….

The Minstrels on my desk….
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There’s an ongoing furor over a Japanese McDonald’s ad campaign featuring a white flunky japanophile who can’t manage to get nihongo (spoken or written) through his thick foreign skull…reinforcing this and other negative stereotypes about white foreigners, as if they needed reinforcing… Mr. Debito even compared Mr. James to Stepin Fechit. I don’t know about that. I thought it was ironic, […]

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20 August 2009 ~ 12 Comments

Skin jobs in the office

Last night I had the strangest dream. At my job, one of my co-workers was an android…I guess “android” is really an outdated word. Showing my age I guess. Cyborg  sounds too sinister, though. Robot sounds too metallic. The point is it was not human. The strange part was everyone knew it wasn’t human but […]

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18 August 2009 ~ 13 Comments

Iiwake: the game

The 2nd floor of Doutor cafe is the smoking section. There are a few available seats, but most are stuck between or opposite people I notice. Most eyes spot me instantly, then check their vicinity for free seats. The people with empty seats beside them start to shift and fidget. I have four to choose from. […]

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07 August 2009 ~ 3 Comments

I grew up in Asia…kinda pt 3: Heroes

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As I entered adolescence I realized a couple of things about my fascination with Peter Parker (Aka Spider Man).  One was that I loved the stories, the whole drama of his existence. I started writing around that time. I created my own little universe in the form of stories starring a black Spider Man who […]

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05 August 2009 ~ 2 Comments

I grew up in Asia…kinda pt 2: The Road to China…

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After 6 years of living in Asia, a couple of hours away from what I grew up feeling was the greatest country in the world- namely China- I had finally bought a ticket, acquired a Visa, put together an itinerary and gone to Peking Beijing. It had been a long time coming. If you’ve read part 1 of […]

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22 July 2009 ~ 8 Comments

I grew up in asia…kinda

I woke up the other day to the sound of a voice through a loudspeaker crying something repeatedly in a beckoning voice and I had no idea what he was saying but it reminded me of back home when, from the Muslim Temple’s loudspeaker, a voice would croon “Allah U Akbar” over and over until […]

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15 July 2009 ~ 5 Comments

Smoke ’em if you got ’em

Smoke ’em if you got ’em

I have begun my summer reading a little earlier than usual…my summer vacation actually begins this Friday, but I saw David Sedaris’ latest book, When you are engulfed in flames, in Kinoukuniya and bought it immediately. He makes me laugh out loud in inappropriate places and at inopportune times but I don’t care. I need to, sometimes, […]

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