Some sisters at last! Yukiko Chino is a really interesting writer and journalist who has just published a book on the history of Barbie. She has lived in Beijing for a number of years and writes about cultural misunderstandings between Japan and China– an issue that’s getting hotter and hotter as China’s economic fortune rises. She introduced me to Favianna Rodriguez, a San Francisco-based Latina activist involved in all kinds of cool stuff, including the WTO protests. To the right is their friend Ziggy and her sister Chisako, who joined us after supper and took us out for a taste of Tokyo nightlife.

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