My Chinese Friend
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My Chinese Friend

by Takuto
(Kanagawa, Japan)

I have a friend who was born in China. He came to Japan when we were in elementary school. We soon became friends. In fact, his grandmother is Japanese.

He is a Japanese war-displaced orphan left in China. He has two home countries, China and Japan. And even though his grandmother is Japanese and he lives in Japan, some Japanese discriminate against people like my friend because they were born in China or sometimes their parent is Chinese.

I have heard many times that Chinese are bad or they hate Chinese who live in Japan.

I felt so sad to hear that. Because I think that everyone is different and that nationality means nothing.

I know that there is discrimination in Japan like other countries. I want Japan to overcome it to be a country where we all can live more comfortably.

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Jul 19, 2010
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by: Gary Wolff

Thanks, Takuto, for sharing such a heartfelt story.

As a longtime gaijin in Japan, I also sometimes experience discrimination, so I can understand your friend's feelings.

But I think the opportunities in Japan outweigh the occasional bad feelings that come from being treated as an outsider.

Yes, let's break down the walls of discrimination so everyone, including even foreigners, can enjoy a comfortable and happy lifestyle.

Thanks again...

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