I used to love war films, until I came to Japan. In America, Hollywood glorifies the US as the heroes and the Japanese as the wild, brutal, enemy…the crazy people that do kamikaze maneuvers. After living here for 3 years, I can’t watch any film like that any more. Just thinking about it is enough to make me wanna cry. Because you meet these people, real people, and see the good and the bad in them and realize we’re all the same.
The struggle is creating that level of empathy in other people who can’t move to another country and don’t have a desire to learn new cultures.