“I was demoted at work when I came back from maternity leave. My superiors didn’t seem to think I could still handle a job with responsibilities while raising my daughter. Instead, they had me answering the phone, photocopying papers, and sending faxes, which is unfair considering I used to do sales and marketing for more than two years before getting married and giving birth. Plus I worked hard to get to that position and had even earned a master’s degree. But it’s OK. Sometimes when a door closes, a window opens. It’s just sad that this society doesn’t seem to value us women. We can offer so much more. We have potential. We’re not just here to get married, have a baby, and quit work altogether. So after a few years, I left that company and started my own small business. In fact, we just launched our app today so I’m very excited. Although to be honest, it’s tough out there, especially if you’re a woman and a foreigner at the same time.”

Our interloper from Vietnam started a beauty tech company called Eldoraku to help fellow Asians find quality cosmetics, beauty products, and souvenirs and gifts in Japan.

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