Becoming Exotic


One of the things I most love about living in Hawai

4 Comments so far

  1. lani (unregistered) on May 8th, 2005 @ 11:58 pm

    Yeah…here in the mainland I am exotic too because I can make sushi. Haha. :)

  2. Gail (unregistered) on May 10th, 2005 @ 9:44 am

    Reminds me of the time my ex-husband (Japanese from Japan) and I went to visit my father in Arizona. Katsu wanted to fit in so he borrowed clothes from my dad and changed his surfer duds for a Western shirt, jeans, cowboy belt with buckle, boots and a trucker hat. Everywhere we went in both Arizona and New Mexico, people assumed he was Navajo and frequently spoke to him in Navajo – he loved it!

  3. Eric Sadoyama (unregistered) on May 18th, 2005 @ 9:35 am

    Which is one reason why two friends of mine decided to move to Hawai’i from Oregon. In Oregon, even in the cities, they would get looks from passersby because they are a white/Japanese couple. Here in Hawai’i, their appearance is about as close to normal and boring as you can get. Nobody casts quizzical glances at their kids. They just fit in.

  4. kim paul (unregistered) on June 11th, 2005 @ 5:01 am

    I grew up in Makaha and I am white known as a Howlie boy and was constantly getting into fights because I was white…too bad every one of color is not as tolerant as they profess to be, but it helped me in the long run because I know how to deal with bigotry in my own life.

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