Marrying the enemy

I’ve been reading the books for young readers by Lensey Mamioka, because she writes the genre I’m interested in and she has a multicultural perspective. One more perspective than I have. She married a Japanese man she met in college. ¬†Born in 1929, it took great courage for a Chinese to marry a Japanese. ¬†Even today, the older generation of Chinese remember the Japanese atrocities in China and Hong Kong in the 1940s. Her experience of opposition of both families to the marriage informed her novel, Mismatch, a perceptive story invoking the mores of the Japanese and Chinese culture.

My neighbors are a German married to a Hungarian Jew who lost her father at Dachau. They are in the early eighties. That’s another marriage requiring great courage.