What are the things that come to mind when you read this word? Are they based upon stereotypes? What your parents taught you/believed? Truth?
I would like to introduce you to my friend, Diane.
What is your nationality/ethnicity? Japanese and Filipino
What is the primary language(s) spoken? English. My Dad spoke Japanese to his mother and father. My mom understands Filipino, but does not speak the language. I could have been tri-lingual…oh well. English was the primary language spoken at home.
What 3 things do you want/wish people knew about your country or culture?
Not all Asians (Japanese) are bad drivers.
Not all Asians (Japanese) are passive individuals.
Not all Asians (Japanese) are nerdy and driven by education.
I am speaking from the Americanized Japanese. Ones who were born and raised in the US.
How can people pray for your country/culture?
To break down the barriers of stereotyping the Japanese culture and its people.
The reality is, I have heard on numerous occasions all of these stereotypes – poor drivers, nerds, the assumption that all Japanese are from Japan and speak Japanese, etc. I have lived in the Midwest, South, Southwest, and West. And honestly, I have believed a couple of them. Fortunately, I have a friend who helped me out many years ago.
Anyone else helped?
Thanks so much Diane!