How do I say “bless you” in Japanese when someone sneezes? Why do Japanese people say “itadakimasu” (I shall take/eat it) before eating something? Well, language and culture are closely tied to each other. And to really speak a second language naturally, you need to learn the culture as well. But, what if that second culture contains something bad, like discrimination?

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Masaki C. Matsumoto

A queer writer, vlogger, illustrator, and video creator. UChicago MA dropout. My preferred pronouns are he/him/they/them. Read more

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