Share Your Story

Happy Halloween Day to you!. You’re probably getting your costume ready and/or your children’s’ costumes ready, you may be making last minute runs to the store for candy or you may be doing none of these things because Halloween isn’t your thing and you’d rather have a relaxing day and evening at home. Me? Halloween isn’t my favorite holiday because I’m the worst coward when it comes to ghosts and goblins. I have too many unpleasant memories of me shortly after I arrived to the U.S. from Japan at the age of 11. My cousins pushed me into the haunted houses on Halloween eve. It was especially scary since I never knew anything about this weird holiday called Halloween!

I was looking through my card deck early this morning and I saw this card titled, “SHARE YOUR STORY”. I thought the saying on this card is so appropriate for Halloween and I wanted to share it with you to get your creative energy going.

I’ve always kept myself from revealing my unpleasant experiences, even from my close friends or family members. I figured this is because there were so many things that were kept secret from me during my childhood years in Japan. The Japanese culture is engrained in “keeping things under the rug” and never reveal stories that are shameful or embarrassing. I started a new life in America at the age of 11. I even tried harder not to expose myself to the students in my school. I did a good job of not revealing things … like my step-father was abusive to my mother and so many unpleasant memories I had of living in a war-zone during World War II. I never told anyone that my Father who I never knew was killed in the Philippine Islands, fighting for the Japanese Navy. Keeping secrets for many years definitely took a toll on me. I felt like I was carrying a two ton sack of unwanted weight on my back everyday. One day, I decided to get rid of my load and spent the next two years writing my memoire titled KEIKO’S JURNEY. It was a hard book to write but fighting back the tears, I forced myself to write the truth. Writing my story proved to be the best thing I ever did. I was surprised when people from all over the world contacted me and told me their stories which they’ve kept locked-up in their hearts.

This is my wish for you today. Tell someone your story that you’ve kept in your head all these years. It can be a childhood memory or something that happened in recent years. You will be surprised how the person who listens to your story will open up and share his/her story too. A wonderful way to get to know the person better and you will build a relationship on a deeper level. Try it and share your story with me.

Coming soon… I will share with you a true story, “ONE OF THE WORST MOMENTS IN MY LIFE

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Hellen
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Hi, Kay,

What a timely email! I have been trying to figure out how to get insidious racism, especially institutional racism, out in the open, and finding out the task is very difficult. I recently discovered someone who writes books and give lectures on racism that really hits the core. You may have heard of her, Dr. Robin DiAngelo, a professor at the UW. She wrote a best-seller “White Fragility” in 2018,You can find her on YouTube.
I would like to hear about how you had dealt with insidious racism in your journey.

Hellen

KayHirai
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Thank you Hellen for informing me about Dr. Robin DiAngelo. I will check her YouTube out. Will get back to you soon.

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