|I am contented with myself - what I have been and what I have done throughout these 76 years mostly spent in this terminally-ill country. I am also proud of my Japanese friends who have made my troubled life worth living or more tolerable. Without their help, I would have lost my sense of self-esteem long time ago.|
The Chen family in the early 1970s
|In this connection, I can't pass up talking about my respectable friend Lara, Chen Tien-shi. She is 100% ethnic Chinese, but technically speaking, she has been a Japanese national since 2005. When I first read her book titled Stateless, which is actually an autobiography, I was touched by Lara's story about how she overcame her identity crisis as she grew mature. But at the same time, I was struck by her impeccable honesty. As a self-proclaimed expert in lie detection, I know the author is not lying to us because she gives every chronological detail about exactly where and when she and her parents were born, and exactly how they grew up. If she had wanted to hold back something that didn't support her ethnological arguments, she would have tried to gloss over, or simply suppress, certain parts of her bio to make her thoughts look coherent. As we all know, that is what self-denying American authors often do, most typically with respect to what they were doing or avoided doing in the days of the Vietnam War.|
In this essay, I stopped short of mentioning specific American names because at present our discussions on the web are all subjected to the trans-Pacific mechanisms for fastidious censorship and arbitrary arbitration. So I'zzzza quiet for now.
One last thing: I think sooner rather than later, an infant child will innocently start to shout out, "Dad, the king wears no clothes!"