By P.A. Payutto
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In the end it was something unique in each individual that attracted me. Rui’s long overseas career piqued my interest; I wondered what it must be like to leave one’s native land so young and spend the majority of one’s life in another country. In a similar way, I wanted to know Sawako’s view on frequent trans-Pacific relocation, never staying in one place for more than 3 years at a time, switching languages so often. I envied the apparent ease and optimism with which Kenji seemed to cross cultural borders, in contrast to the ulcer-inducing stress I was feeling in negotiating cultural differences.
Although she wanted to keep her allegiance to her Japanese peers, she also aspired to participate fully in Canadian society and gain what she thought was her due recognition in it. While juggling these two strands of life in Canada, she also had to plan ahead for her impending return to Japan. Although this triple life was common to all my participants during their sojourn, Sawako was particularly torn by the pull in three directions. Trying to live three lives all at once, she found herself being chutohampa instead, unable to commit herself to any one of them.
But inside the university she felt increasingly out of place. For the first time since she returned to Japan, she met students who had gone through Japan’s examination war and had come out as winners. The depth and breath of their knowledge made her feel as if she had sneaked into a place she did not belong: “I have an inferiority complex toward those students who got into Kobe University through the serious entrance exam. But I’d rather die than let them know that. So when a friend annoys me by saying, ‘But you got in through the kikokushijo entrance exam.