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Saturday, March 12 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Life as an American in Tokyo

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Tokyo is the world's most populous city, but it is also comparatively homogenous — populated mostly by Japanese who speak the same language, understand the same customs and modes of behavior, and often refer to non­-Japanese as “outside people.” So what is it like to live there on a daily basis as a perpetual outsider, charmed by the culture, but unable to fully join it? Author Roland Kelts, who is half Japanese, recounts his experiences as an outsider/insider, and explicates a culture that remains attractively, and somewhat bewilderingly, foreign to most Americans and other non-Japanese — who are nevertheless eager to know more, visiting in record numbers and sometimes choosing to move there.


Saturday March 12, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm

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