My Japanese Husband (still) Thinks I’m Crazy is the semi-autobiographical story of Grace, a native Texan, her hilarious husband Ryosuke, and her overactive imagination personified in a talking rabbit, Marvin. Their life is told through a series of comics depicting the joys and hardships of living abroad. After all, just because something is different doesn’t mean that it’s wrong.
“My Japanese Husband Thinks I’m Crazy” is a 188-page perfect-bound softcover book with color covers and black + white interior. [Source]
Grace of Texan in Tokyo and I have a lot in common. We are both expats – she lives in Japan and I call Taiwan home. We are both in interracial relationships – she is married to a Japanese man and my husband is Taiwanese. We both have to navigate and ‘find our way,’ both literally and figuratively, in a foreign country. And even though the road that led us to Asia is quite different, we face the same daily challenges.
So, when I started reading Grace’s newest comic book, My Japanese Husband (Still) Thinks I’m Crazy, it was more than just a comic book for me – it was a trip down memory lane! I found myself laughing, not only at her comics, but also reminiscing about my own experiences and similar situations I had in Taiwan.
So, here are a few – in no particular order:
The Big Erection & I’m Drunk, I’m Drunk!
One of the comics included in Grace’s book touches on the topic of how some words are mispronounced which changes the meaning and the context of the conversation. In her comic, one of her friends said ‘the big erection’ instead of ‘the big election.’
This comic had me thinking about the time my former boss participated in the Sun Moon Lake swim, an annual event where several swim the length of the entire lake in Central Taiwan. He had just learned how to swim a few months prior to the event but he felt confident that he could do it.
Half way across the lake, he started to panic. He told me that he shouted ‘I’m drunk! I’m drunk!’ instead of ‘I’m drowning! I’m drowning.’
I didn’t have the heart to correct him and he continued to tell the story to all the foreign teachers at the school, one by one, about he [was] nearly drunk in the lake.
Life in a Foreign Country is Not All Sunshine & Roses
The above comic had me laughing up a storm as well. Grace depicts how she imagined her life to be all sunshine and roses in Japan, but it really isn’t. And one of the struggles is language [and the little things].
I recently edited a portion of the memoir I am writing and this comic had me giggling as well. It was about throwing out the garbage in Taiwan for the first time. I remembered how I was running every which way through lanes and alleys in search of the singing garbage truck [yes, you read it correctly – singing]. Some Taiwanese were pointing in the direction while others were cheering me on.
Sweat pouring, heart pounding, the music finally got louder. I found the garbage truck! But, I then had another problem – I had no idea how to get back home!!
This scenario never ever entered my daydreams before I arrived in Taiwan. However, that is the reality of life in a foreign country.
Unfortunately, this comic isn’t in the media kit but it has appeared on Grace’s blog and you can see it by clicking here.
In the comic, she is having a conversation with her young niece about which princess in the pictures is pretty. Her niece points to the one without freckles because ‘…the other one has freckles. It’s ugly.’ Grace points out that she has some freckles and her niece responds ‘I know.’
I can totally relate to this comic and it had me cracking up and laughing as well. I have freckles on my arms and one of my younger students, who was about five at the time, asked me ‘Do you know your arms are dirty?’ Then, she tried to wipe the ‘dirt’ off my arms. [Read more about it here]
Kids are very, very honest!!
Download for FREE
Grace’s comic book is now available and you can download the kindle version for FREE. The offer ends Sunday, so get downloading. And be sure to drop back and let me know which comic you liked the most. 🙂
Happy Lunar New Year, everyone!! I am now going to take these freckled arms outside to enjoy this beautiful day!
~~Disclaimer: I received a free PDF copy of the book to review. However, all thoughts and opinions are purely my own.~~