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.
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?
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.
In 2011, Mizuki and I had been in a long distance relationship for about 4 years at the time. We were working respectively in Tokyo and in Taipei. We talked about moving in together at some point in our life but we did not have things planned out and we did not really know how to make it happen.
On March 11th, 2011, a massive earthquake hit Japan. I lost contact with Mizuki for about a day. I could not reach her on her cell phone……..
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.
In order to make Moon Rider 7 Project more user friendly for our international readers. We decided to separate English contents from Japanese contents. I estimate this transition project will take me 2 weeks to complete. I will gradually move the English contents from the Japanese site to this newly added English site.
You can still view English contents via this link: http://moonrider7.com/blog-2/
Difference is not valued much in the current education system. So is the current recruitment system. However, is the traditional recruitment system able to identify applicants’ optimal strengths and their individual uniqueness?
Majority of the world population is able-bodied people. As a result, most infrastructures and rules are made based able-bodied world standard. Most people think ramp is only for wheelchair users. Is it?
One of the most influential and inspiring authors and professors visited Tokyo and I was very lucky to get a ticket to her seminar. The person is Tina Seelig. The session was about creativity. “Unlike physics, there are no shared vocabularies of creativity.” Tina shared her study on creativity and a framework, called the Invention Cycle, with us.
My dad is very stoical and does not let his emotion shows. I am not sure if he was actually panic inside his mind or he simply respected my life choices when I introduced Mizuki to him. My mom, on the other hand, is the type of person who is easily read. She did not have any smile on her face and she looked she was very very worried when I first introduced Mizuki to her.