It's not easy for bilingual people to live in both of their worlds.
This films looks into the lives of 3 bilingual individuals. Eriko, a Japanese native transplanted to England. Kazuho, who has returned to her birth country of Japan after spending several years in the United States. And Janet, who splits her time between Japan and Hawaii.
Each of these young women experience difficulties finding and expressing their identities. For example, Eriko prefers to speak in her native tongue even when she's in the U.K. Whereas Janet's parents, who are both from Japan, have difficulty when she wants to be American, despite giving her an Anglo name.
Each of these women expresses how difficult it is to blend in with their surroundings while at the same time honoring their families and heritage.
To top it all off, our three protagonists are now currently residing New York City, one of the United States' best examples of a cultural melting pot!
Being Myself: Bilingualism and Identity
- Enhanced DVD
- ISBN: 978-1-61753-434-8
- Run Time: 22 Minutes
- Copy Right Date: 1997