A Multicultural World

“My father is Mexican and my mother is Japanese. Growing up in Mexico, some people would call me Chinita, which actually means Chinese. Aside from that, I never really experienced any discrimination because of my heritage.

Although my whole life, there was this nagging feeling that I wasn’t completely Mexican.

“As a kid, my grandmother would record TV shows in Japan then send video tapes to us because there was no internet back then. So when I got older, I decided to live in Japan to find and develop this side of myself.

“Tokyo is great because I can find people who are half-Japanese and half something else, just like me. My research on Nikkei communities or Japanese descendants in Latin America has helped me connect with fellow bilingual Japanese and Spanish speakers, which defines my identity. One of my mentors is Argentinian but has Japanese roots. He’s lived here for 25 years and is an expert on second or third generation Japanese communities. We switch back and forth to Japanese and Spanish.

“I guess I’m trying to focus on the relationship between language and identity. It’s interesting to see people who move a lot learn how to adapt to their surroundings. You open your mind to everything that’s there because it’s part of your survival. And that means your identity changes, depending on the context of where you are. What you say changes, too, depending on who you’re talking to. It’s really interesting to be part of this multicultural world.”

At the entrance of Nogi Park





【翻訳:Junko Kato Asaumi】

In front of Nogizaka Station

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Finding diversity and inclusion. Breaking down barriers one post at a time. Stories and snapshots of foreigners making their way in Japan.

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