Feb 20, 2019
A few years back, I wrote a piece for Black History Month in which I challenged people of African descent living here in Japan to "be black history." I implored them not to necessarily dwell on the past but to: "Dwell on the now instead. Because everything you do now becomes history and herstory the moment after you've done it, and that deed is potentially historic. Particularly here. The opportunities to be a trailblazer abound in Japan."
Jan 19, 2019
Dec 19, 2018
One day next year, and the year after that, someone will ask me in the course of a conversation why I decided to stay in Japan. I know this because it ranks among the top questions I'm asked — by Japanese and non-Japanese alike — since I arrived here back in 2004. And on the day I'm asked, my answer will begin: "Because I had to be here when 2018 rolled around."