Mistranslate

ハーフ (Hafu): On the Fetishization and Mistranslation of a Biracial Identity

Hafu carries insinuations of otherness; of not belonging, but being fetishized. How do I carry this name and this history at once?

Jul 16, 2018
温もり (Nukumori): When the Distance Between You and Your Loved Ones Disappears

Nukumori can refer to a kind of existence not dependent on physical proximity, allowing a person’s presence to linger with you even if they cannot.

Jun 06, 2018
憂鬱 (Yuutsu): When Mental Health Is Mistranslated

How could I navigate my Japanese-language emotions in pursuit of a Western psychiatric label?

Apr 30, 2018
愛してる (Aishiteru): How to Say “I Love You” When the Language Doesn’t Exist

When he asked me how to say “I love you” in Japanese, I translated linguistically, but mistranslated culturally.

Mar 26, 2018
切ない (Setsunai): When You Need a Word to Hold Both Sorrow and Joy

‘Setsunai’ implies something once bright, now faded. It is the painful twinge at the edge of a memory, the joy in the knowledge that everything is temporary.

Feb 26, 2018
大事 (Daiji): On Living Between Two Cultures and Learning What Is Most Important

To me, ‘daiji’ embodies the struggle to prioritize two languages, homes, and selves.

Jan 22, 2018