According to this short article from PRI, 99% of the refugees seeking asylum in Japan are rejected. Here’s the story of one who wasn’t. (You can listen to the audio, though it’s not the same as the written text. I suggest reading first and then listening, after you have a good idea about the story).
It’s a good story to learn about the people behind the statistics.
The idiom “to walk a mile in someone’s shoes” means …
Can you guess?
Here’s a short article that will help: about an artist who has depicted various world leaders as refugees: “This Syrian Artist Wants World Leaders to To Know What It Feels Like To Be Refugees” (from BuzzFeed). Here are three. There are several more in the article, and more pictures and a couple of videos on the artist’s website.
If you’d like a detailed definition of the idiom, here’s one with examples, from Grammarist.
Becoming a citizen of the U.S. may be something not many people really want to do these days, but this practice civics test for people to become naturalized citizens is a good review for people who are already citizens. I wonder if our current president could pass this test (especially question 9). Here are a few examples:
“Naturalization is the process to voluntarily become a U.S. citizen if you were born outside of the United States. You may be eligible if you can show continuous U.S. residence for three to five years, are at least 18 years old, and demonstrate good moral character and loyalty to the U.S. Constitution. You must also take the English and civics test, unless you qualify for an exemption.” (from the Explore My Options page)
The application process for permanent residents to become citizens is $640. That’s a lot of money.
I was a little nervous taking this practice test. Like a TOEIC or TOEFL test, I should pass with flying colors, right?
This story from a couple of years ago said that high school students in one US state had to pass a civics test to graduate. I don’t think this is too much to ask. And I think that people running for president, congress, and any other public office should have to take one.
These are the requirements for becoming a Japanese citizen. Again with the “good moral character”! Where’s the practice test for that? These requirements are pretty much the same as those for becoming a US citizen. Except you’re not allowed to hold dual citizenship in Japan.
Writing prompt: What does being a citizen of Japan mean to you? Would you ever give up your Japanese citizenship to become a citizen of another country? Why do you think some immigrants to Japan become naturalized citizens? Do you know any?
This is a comic about what “home” means to a second generation Japanese-New Zealander. It’s something to think about, especially during this time when the question of immigration is so much in the news.
This is just one panel of a longer story. Read the rest here.
You can see some of her other comics on her website (Jem Yoshioka Comics) and her Tumblr