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"Kei: The True Friend - A Tale of Identity and Belonging in Japan"

By Kinota Braithwaite, Anti-Racism and Anti-Bullying Youth Speaker

When children with Japanese roots return to Japan after living abroad, they often encounter challenges in fitting into Japanese society. As a parent, I know this firsthand from my own children's experiences attending Japanese schools.

Tragically, some of these children become victims of bullying and discrimination simply because they don't conform to the stereotypical image of what it means to be "typically" Japanese.

I wrote a book called"Kei: The True Friend" which is a children's book that offers a message of hope and understanding.

It tells the story of Kei, a young boy with African-Canadian and Japanese heritage who returns to Japan with his parents and faces the challenges of language barriers and the harsh realities of bullying.

Kei's life takes an unexpected turn when he begins practicing a Japanese traditional martial art called Kendo and bravely stands up to bullying, including defending a girl named Skye.

The book doesn't shy away from addressing the real challenges faced by kids with two or more heritages like Kei, making it a relatable and impactful read for young audiences.

"Kei: The True Friend" encourages cultural understanding and underscores the value of accepting diversity.

It provides a powerful lesson that true friendship knows no boundaries and that kindness can bridge the gaps created by cultural differences.

Let's Start a Dialogue:

Principals and Teachers, I extend a heartfelt invitation to engage in open conversations. Together, let's address concerns, exchange ideas, and craft experiences that transcend. Let's embark on a journey to enrich minds and create a lasting positive impact on the lives of students.

Warm regards,

Kinota Braithwaite

A Vision for a World Free of Racism and Bullying

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