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.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. S K Tai
    Oct 11, 2014 @ 06:03:15

    Dear Fanny, Thank you very much for letting me read your very interesting article on ‘Marrying the Enemy’. I suppose ‘True Love Conquers All’ can be very true. Uncle Stephen.


  2. Papa Moon
    Jan 16, 2015 @ 02:49:06

    I’m sort of handicapped. I’m a white middle class American, and have never felt the hurt and senseless insult, although I have a black foster son who has. Of course, I’ve never been shot, either, but I understand from someone who has that it hurts – a lot.


  3. John Galanaugh
    Mar 23, 2015 @ 12:55:34

    Thanks, Fanny. I like the aspect of multiculturalism teaching us how we can all get along even with our differences. I live in Queens, NY and we have one of the most culturally diverse counties in all of the U.S. It’s wonderful to travel along one of the Avenues here and see the various shops and restaurants owned by people from all over the world fitting together in reasonable tranquility. It proves there is hope for the world.


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