From Academia to Video Games and Beyond

In 2011 was looking around for interesting Filipinas to interview, and someone suggested Iris Orpi. Sometime soon I hope to interview both her and her illustrator about their book, The Espresso Effect. But here she tells what you might call a coming-of-age story. Iris kindly supplied all the photographs.

Iris’s Story

I was really in love with math. As a student I was always the one in class thinking “really? wow.” My bachelor’s degree took me only three years, which was an accomplishment, so I graduated at nineteen years of age. I applied for the graduate program and for … Read More

Almost a Japanese Housewife

The following interview with a friend of mine took place in May, 2012. Ruth kindly provided the photos.

Ruth’s story

An Australian journalist, Sarah Turnbull, wrote a fascinating book called Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris after she’d a married Frenchman and was navigating her way through the cultural minefield that is France. I could call myself “almost Japanese,” and recently I’ve become a housewife. It took nine years to get here.

When was younger I wanted to be a psychologist, and I had fantasies of living an exotic international lifestyle in Italy or England. But a … Read More