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On hugs

Victoria Kraus

I’m generally not the hugging type. I’ll hug if I’m at a function where everybody is hugging hello and hugging goodbye, i.e. graduation ceremonies. And I’ll hug if a friend who is the hugging type wants one. What I don’t like is that most of my hugs nowadays have become …

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On being half

Victoria Kraus

The "being half" experience, specifically for Japanese and white American mixes, vary. Some are more Japanese than others. Some are more white/American than others. Some are a good mix of both. I have friends who fit under each category. I’m a good mix of both and more because I grew …

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I like Enka

Victoria Kraus

I listen to enka. Mostly in the car. Enka is a traditional form of Japanese music that originated in both the Meiji (1868–1912) and Taisho (1912-1926) periods. Popular enka, what is mostly on the market today, can be likened to old American folk and country music for its themes. The …

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Second grade identity

Victoria Kraus

Being “half” came to my attention at seven years old. I remember in my second grade class at Geddes Elementary School, each of us shared in front of the class how we celebrated holidays. Most of my classmates, 99% of them, were second generation Christian/Catholic Mexicans. Most of their parents …

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Introduction

Victoria Kraus

Welcome to the "Half Enough" column series. Thank you for your interest and for reading my pieces.

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