Finding Home: A Character's Quest for Equilibrium
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In an attempt to make sense of the vast cultural differences, and systems of sexism, racism, and Westernization, that the author has experienced within their life, they have decided to write a small compilation of short stories. The essay dissects the relationship of character and self to place. The essay outlines the five basic plot lines that a place story models itself after, as well as the undeniable presence of culture within place stories. The three fictional stories following the essay concern a character's conflict with either their own culture, or an encroaching one, as well as issues of individual autonomy within that culture. The first story follows the inner turmoil of a young woman arranged to be married to a man she does not love. The second story reimagines the life of a Nissei couple decades after Internment. The third story retraces a young man's history as an attempt to explain the rape he has committed. All stories, and their characters, are entirely fictional.