My time is fairly limited so when I focus on Japanese, I usually use a textbook or Japanese Pod 101. However, I really wanted to read the above book. So I challenged myself!
It’s a comic written by Sandra Häfelin, a woman who is half Japanese and half German. There is only a Japanese version of the book, so I can’t read it in English. It is all about the problems “half” people face in Japan. I wanted to read it to get insight on my son’s experience as half American/half Japanese.
It was excellent, and surprisingly easy for me to read. (It has furigana.)
Does my son have any problems due to being mixed? I don’t really know. He doesn’t talk about it. But, as a parent, it’s important to keep on top of these things. I’m on a FB group for Hafu people and their relatives so I can learn about the issues.
I definitely don’t think it is easy being “half” in Japan. The funny thing is though, I doubt my son’s school chums would even know that he is “Half” if it weren’t for me. I stick out like a sore thumb! I always worry that I am embarrassing my son (I usually am) as he enters the difficult teen years.
Now a blogging question for readers. Would you prefer if I use the “Read More” feature for posts, or should keep it as it is? Personally, I don’t like the “Read More” feature when I read blogs. However, I am aware that some people do. Would it make it easier on you if I changed over? I know my blog is photo heavy, so it may be difficult for some of you. Thank you for your thoughts!