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Farewell Interview with Consul General Asako Okai

One of the greatest assets I gained here in Vancouver is to get to know how to work with people on the ground. I was serving in headquarters and capitals. In this environment, you know the people you engage with. You expect a certain knowledge level from your counterparts, whether they’re in government or are diplomats. So it was the first time to work with ‘Real People’, citizens who live and DO NOT think like diplomats.

The Suitcase Project : Dialogues + Reflections

Consider how your family’s journey has shaped who you are today” is the request shared at the base of the large velvet red banner at the entrance to the small gallery coated in black paint. Framed photos in birch hang in neat disorder, like the way a family would hang a mass of images in their living room. Voices emit a combination of anger, hope and sadness in the background, while fragments of their lives flash across a projected screen.

A Canadian Yonsei in Yamagata

As I came to know the students and teachers over the next few weeks, I felt amazed by their kindness and hospitality. One teacher even went to Costco and bought me peanut butter and popcorn to make me feel more at home. The vice principal makes a huge effort to speak English to me, and I often find little treats left on my desk.