About the author: Grace Buchele Mineta
Grace is not your average person. She calls herself crazy, but actually she’s just super talented. She lives with her Japanese husband in Tokyo, where she works as a freelancer and blogs about her daily life on Texan in Tokyo. Check out her blog if you haven’t yet!
“My Japanese Husband Thinks I’m Crazy: The Comic Book”
“My Japanese Husband Thinks I’m Crazy: The Comic Book” is the autobiographical misadventures of a native Texan freelancer and her Japanese “salaryman” husband: in comic book form. From earthquakes and crowded trains, to hilarious cultural faux pas, this comic explores the joys of living and working abroad, intercultural marriages, and trying to make a decent pot roast on Thanksgiving.
Here’s why I loved reading “My Japanese Husband Thinks I’m Crazy”:
- it’s personal
The comics show a very personal side of Grace’s intercultural marriage and life in Japan. It’s this personal side that has drawn me to her comic book. The comics are personal, but in a way people living abroad or who are in a cross-cultural relationship can relate to and identify with. Grace has also included her popular post “The Emotional Cost of Blogging: The not-so-secret downside of writing about your life on the internet”.
- it’s hilarious
Grace has a great sense of humor. I absolutely love that her sense of humor is self-reflective. She didn’t call her book “My Japanese Husband is Crazy” and this is telling. Because that’s is really what living abroad is about – realising that the way you do things is not what’s considered normal in other places. It’s just what you grew up to believe is normal.
- it covers the ups and downs of expat life
Grace gives the reader an idea of what expat life looks like. She shows that expat life is fun, but also gets a bit lonely from time to time – especially if you work from home as a freelancer and the only one you talk to during the day is an imaginative rabbit called Marvin (which features prominently in the book).
- it talks about interracial marriage
The comics show snippets of what an interracial marriage is like. Grace touches on topics you don’t hear much about. She talks boldly about (sometimes embarrassing) issues that come up, like body odor or different perceptions of cleanliness. The book also features an article called 7 Great Things about being Married to a Non-Native English Speaker (which has first appeared as a guest post on Speaking of China).
- it introduces Japan
The reader gets an overview of life in Japan, partly through comics, partly through articles featured in the book. Grace explains Japanese Onsen (public bath), Japanese food, train etiquette, traditional Japan and more.
I don’t usually read comics, especially not BW ones. I have the urge to add color to them which makes reading them less fun (I’m serious about this). But I like Grace’s comics. The book was a lot of fun to read. I could relate to many aspects of Grace’s life abroad and her international, cross-cultural marriage and am sure you will too. You can buy your own copy of “My Japanese Husband Thinks I’m Crazy: The Comic Book” here.
Are you a fan of Grace’s blog or have you read her comic book yet? How did you like it?