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Here, you can find Mizuki's research articles of quality and equality of human rights for persons with disabilities.
My research has started since last October and finally is reaching to an end this month! Only few days left to go back home, Japan. When I first got Syracuse, I had only worries like “I don’t know if I can live here for 1 year…”, but everywhere can be the best place after you live there a while. Now I really love Syracuse including its inconvenience and lots of hills. hahaha. I really thank people who have supported me here in Syracuse!
1 and half year ago, I was selected as a fellow of Duskin Ainowa Foundation, and I joined their lecture to learn about the history of disability movement in the US. I spent 2 years in the US for college, so I knew the accessible environment for wheelchair users as well as that disabled people live actively in a community. However, I am ashamed to say that I didn’t know the historical background of disability movement. This time in Washington DC, I had a precious opportunity to meet Judith Heumann, who is one of the key persons of disability movement in the US. She is a special advisor for international disability rights at U.S. Department of State.
Latest Advocates Posts
Sharing my latest news: new job, giving a talk, writing an article for a Japanese disability organization.
As I announced in my previous post, Jeff and I were broadcasted in “Houdoukyoku”, an online program of Fuji TV in Japan. We talked about the easy-to-wear wedding dress that I wore for Co-Co Life magazine in the beginning, and shared some episodes of our relationship and marriage life. I think we enjoyed talking about cultural differences (diet differences?) more than disability related topics. hahaha. We really appreciate Fuji TV for this precious opportunity! We enjoyed and loved the show!
Jeff and Mizuki’s story
We want to help people understand more about international dating and dating with a person with disability. Mizuki is a Moon Rider (wheelchair user), who was born and raised in Japan. Jeff was born and raised in Taiwan. We met in the U.S. when we were colleague students and soon fell in love. Mizuki’s mobility impairment had worried Jeff’s family and Jeff’s different national culture had worried Mizuki’s family. We will share how we had overcome the difficulties we had and how we are facing ongoing challenges.
This is the last episode of “What My Mom Said About Me Dating With A Wheelchair User.”There are several reasons for me to start writing this story – “What My Mom Said About Me Dating With A Wheelchair User.” The first thought actually came up to my mind during this Chines New Year when I went home in Taiwan.
This year, unlike any other Chinese New Year, is the first time I went home as a married man. (Mizuki was in the U.S. doing her research or otherwise she would have been with me in Taiwan.) My mom said to me that she wants to buy Mizuki a gold necklace or a gold ring. I said “thank you but we do not need any gold necklaces nor rings.” I did not understand why my mom likes gold and wants to give Mizuki gold until I later learned the reason.
People tend to worry about the things they cannot see. A lot of people worry about the future that has not come and may never will. Those people includes me and, of course, my mom.
My mom has been very worried about my life with Mizuki, a moon rider (wheelchair user) in a foreign country, which is Japan. I understand that no matter how hard I try to convince her that I am doing just fine she will not listen. Since a picture wins a thousand words, I decided to show her more than just a picture. I brought her to Japan for a short tour.
It was in February 2014, the last 4 days of Chinese New Year vacation, I show her and my brother around Tokyo.
Ability For Success – Online Discussion
We are hosting a monthly online discussion event - Ability For Success - to talk about inclusion and diversity. We aim to create global awareness of the idea that each one of us has unique talent and value to contribute to the society.
We had held our 4th Ability For Success Online Discussion event on 12th of June, 2016. It is our privilege to have 1 guest from Washington state and 2 guests from Japan. The topic is How to evaluate ability and performance effectively and properly?
The Ability For Success topic in April was “how to create an inclusive and diverse workplace effectively?” We have two guests from US this time. They share a similar goal which is to make the society a better place. Their motivations are different but equally inspiring. We discussed and exchanged ideas about the what the key elements are to create an inclusive and diverse working environment.