For Huffpost, I’m Raising A Biracial Daughter In Japan, Where She’s Surrounded By Blackface

Just wrote an article about raising my daughter, Kantra in Japan. It’s up here.

She’s thrived despite the adversities. In retrospect, it’ll give her an unlikely perspective. She has no idea how brave she is. I’m still debating on taking her to see Black Panther. “He’s got superpowers,” she told me. “You do to,” I said. “You don’t know it, but you’re using them right now.” “I am? What’s my superpower?” she asked me. “You’ll find out when you get older,” I said. “But my superpowers are pretend, right?” she asked. “No, Black Panther’s superpowers are pretend. Yours are real,” I said.

Watching her has inspired me and its forced me and my wife to grow in unforeseeable ways. Nothing humbles you like a determined child who doesn’t give a single solitary fuck about what you doing, what you need to do, or what you was about to do. “Daddy, play with me.”

Got an essay that’s getting published. Hopefully it’ll drop soon. Won’t say who yet, but its definitely love to get a good-look from your own community.



1 comments On For Huffpost, I’m Raising A Biracial Daughter In Japan, Where She’s Surrounded By Blackface

  • Hi,

    I am biracial Chinese / American. I have raised a biracial daughter and son in Tokyo. Shout out to your article. My daughter said that she really struggled and did not want to go to elementary school. It was tough. Middle and High School have been a lot better for her. You mentioned about the reaction of people to you on around Tokyo. When I was in the US, some of my black friends always said, “You do not know what it is like to be black…” I did not until I got to Japan. I remember talking with a friend in English on the train and an old lady pulling her bag to her chest. I suddenly thought, “Wow, that is what they mean.” … so afraid. I could only think how much more difficult it is for people who are black and I could empathize much more. So the article really touched me. I would like to think that things are getting better here in Tokyo, but understand your desire to raise a confident daughter. Good luck with your parenting!

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