Aug 23

Life After JET: Asian-American Identity Crisis

Blogger and podcaster Jon Dao (Toyama-ken, 2009-12) opens up about his special case of culture shock.


For awhile it just felt like I was on vacation.

But then being around started to become the norm. Everybody had their routines while I was stuck sorting things out. Suddenly, Japan felt really far away. The last 3 years of my life felt like a daydream.

My best friend assured me the next “big move” would take time.

“You went out there and did great, just like I knew you would. You went and touched people’s lives, just like I knew you would. But I think you’re going to find your real big payoff here. Because in your heart, the way you think, you’re American.”

Maybe this was true. I couldn’t say…

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