Ameya was a University Student at Temple in Tokyo, Japan. Her parents are both Indian, but she was born and raised in Japan, being taught both English and Japanese by her mother. Listen to her story on how she began a life in Tokyo, then moving to India, Singapore, then the United States at age 14, before finally coming back to Japan and realizing just how unique her background is and can inspire others.
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0:00 Casual talk while setting up
1:12 Introduction to Ameya (born in Tokyo)
3:27 Ameya’s Indian Parents
5:39 Learning Japanese first, before English
6:31 Speaking Japanese outside of international school
7:27 Swimming Class – Getting bullied / Japan’s bullying problem
12:20 Being in Advanced Level Japanese class at school – “You don’t belong here”
13:06 Moved to Mumbai, India. Did you feel Japanese?
15:39 Moved to Singapore at age 11
16:45 Decided to move to Los Angeles at age 14
18:09 Heard more Japanese in KPOP than anything. Losing Japanese ability
18:39 Felt more American during high school. STUCK with the LA accent lol
19:49 American microaggressions vs. Japanese Bullying
22:07 Indians are the “Forgotten” Asians. Ameya is not Asian even though she is from Japan. Ironic
24:05 Failing math in college, dad gets mad, go BACK to Japan
27:24 Doing photography of fashion model Rola ローラ (half Bangladeshi Japanese model)
28:26 Does Ameya think of herself as Japanese?
31:21 Is it difficult to get a job in Japan as an Indian girl?
33:30 Do you see microaggressions now in Japan?
34:35 Being Naked at the pool or public bath house – Being talked about while NAKED
36:40 Complimented for her GOOD looks
38:41 Final encouraging thoughts for being Japanese but not really
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