By Tony Laszlo
An illustrated book entitled "My Darling is a Foreigner" has recently (1) the bookstores. The author is manga artist Oguri Saori. The" darling" on the cover has deep-set eyes and a big, bushy beard, and otherwise bears a rather (2) resemblance to ... yours truly.
It happens, you see, that Ms. Oguri is my significant other half. She decided to use her talents ¬--- and our relationship --- to (3) the theme of mixed couples.
The topic certainly is a timely one. As ethnic (4) within households is on the (5) throughout the country, people in Japan are increasingly able to relate to the experiences of mixed couples.
For example, one in about 10 registered marriages in Tokyo is "international," as I noted in this column some months ago. At least two recent parliamentarians have had foreign (6). And abroad, many Japanese have forged families together with a non-Japanese partner.
It seems that nearly everyone these days has at least a friend or relative whose" darling" is a foreigner.
One part of Saori's book delves into our culinary preferences. I find inari zushi, something of a favorite for Saori, to be a bit too sweet. I also prefer to have oodles of tomatoes when having Italian (7). And I have been known to gripe when I come upon yet another Japanese grocery store that has shelves full of vanilla and green-tea ice cream but no chocolate ice cream.
Of course, the point here is not so much our particular differences in taste, but that mixed couples are likely to have such differences perhaps to a larger degree than people who grew up in the same environment.
The two of us also contrast in the way we react to certain forms of entertainment. I tend to get (8) in a horror movie to the extent that I will --- and do --- jump out of my chair at the drop of a pin. If the director of a science-fiction film shows me a person flying to Jupiter and back in three minutes, I tend to believe it is happening --- for the (9) of the film, of course.
Saori, on the other hand, prefers not to (10) in the" suspension of disbelief” quite as much as I do. Something similar happens when we are watching comedy, as well. I'm usually prepared to laugh from the start, and I tend to end up laughing more than she does. You could call me (11), I guess.
There are certain pitfalls to be (12) for both the person creating this sort of book and for those reading it.
First, neither author nor reader should judge these differing sets of (13) and values as "correct" or "incorrect." Rather, the various predilections and quirks should be noted and the differences (14) (if not celebrated).
Similarly, one must not conclude that the (13) of either partner are representative of a given group of people or a given country. They might be, but then again, they might not be.
At the end of the day, the (15) is to maintain one’s own individual set of values while respecting and adjusting to that of the other. At least, this is the formula that is working for me.
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Question 1: What is ‘ethnic diversity’?
Question 2: According to the author, what are the pitfalls to be avoided?
Question 3: What is the most necessary thing for the mixed couple to be successful?
Question 4: What do you think is necessary to have good relationships with other countries or people from different cultures? Write your opinions and suggestions for making good relations with other countries and/or people from different cultures in your essay.
Question 5. What do you think is necessary to have good relationships with other countries or people from different cultures? Write your opinions and suggestions for making good relations with other countries and/or people from different cultures in your essay.
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