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“I’m Korean” in China

Years ago when I visited China, I was told to say I’m Chinese American who can’t speak a word of Chinese. I became Eric Chang, King of Lacrosse and Dodgeball. The guy who scored 800 in English on the SAT but scored a paltry 550 in math. The opposite of Asian was important to keep my disguise strong. I purposely spoke English loudly. Yes, I was having fun with it. Now, it’s a matter of survival. In this example, a Japanese sushi shop owner in China is transforming his shop to become a Korean owned sushi shop. It might stop the onslaught of rocks being thrown at his business. (Koreatimes – Korean in China)

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Haruki Murakami and Shunji Iwai Weigh in on the Territory Dispute

The islands dispute has turned just a moment to Haruki Murakami who wrote an essay about the situation. Basically, from news reports, he’s siding with the logic that the islands are creating a huge conflict in relationships between China and Japan and both sides need to simmer down from their Nationalism and find practical solutions. His books along with other Japanese books are being removed from bookstore shelves in China. (WSJ – Haruki Murakami) Also, director friend, Shunji Iwai, who is among the most popular Japanese directors in China has been vocal through some past tweets which has gathered a lot of views. They’ve been translated and paraphrased a bit. (@sindyeye) Sep/18th We need to think of their situation and know...

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