今日から新しい仕事が始めます。大人の日本語教師になります。日本に入植したいネパール人のために日本語を教えます。生徒は日本国のビザの特別な日本語能力試験を受けなければなりません。もしビザを取れば日本の工場かレストランの後ろとか夜の仕事を出来ます。ネパールは物凄く貧しい国です。生徒は家族のために日本で得たサラリーを全部ネパールに送ります。僕は生徒さんの強さを尊敬します。 いつか,たどたどしい鳥取弁で話しているネパール人と会ったら多分あいつは僕の生徒でした。 Has it ever happened to you, that during your first hour of a new job you pause in the center of a hectic moment and say aloud, “Yay… I fucking love this” ! Those of you who are nodding along are the lucky ones. Today, I join you. It started with me walking through a dark office building. The power was out. I … Continue reading The Japanese Dream
The story begins in a land before time: Nepal 1965. Only fifteen years after Nepal opened its borders to the outside world for the first time. On November 26th Shyam was born in a village in the eastern Dhankuka district of the then Kingdom of Nepal. He was born at home because his village had no hospital. Shyam had two younger sisters during childhood. At … Continue reading Meet Shyam: A Good Friend
As the plane flow over southern Nepal I was happy to see the peaks of the mountains breaching the clouds. As we approached the city, I could see a few houses sprouting up randomly from the wilderness. Then we approached the urban part of the city and my stomach had a few butterflies to see how under-developed the city was. Houses without roads leading to … Continue reading Kathmandu: Too Good
Here is a video I found on Youtube that captures the essence of Kathmandu well. Continue reading What is Kathmandu Like?
Looking back at this photo, I think I look younger now than then. This is a picture of my Nepali friend Radha, my co-worker from a Boston sushi resturant, and I on our last meeting together in October 2012. We are both delightfully full of Thai food. Radha was a chef at the resturant I waited at. He was a humble Nepali man who had … Continue reading I’m Moving to Nepal