Alumni Spotlight: Rose Tanasugarn (Shimane)

I’m Rose Tanasugarn and I am a native of Los Angeles. I have spent half of my adult life living in Japan, including six years as an ALT in Shimane and twelve years in Kobe. I am currently treasurer of the Western Japan chapter of the Japan JET Alumni Association (JETAAWJ) and Japan country representative in JETAA International.

Finding Community Against the Odds

The train slows to a stop and fresh passengers step through the opening doors. The car is crowded during rush hour and across from me the bench is packed full of commuters. The new passengers look to the empty spaces on either side of me, wide enough to fit two people each. They look at each other and choose to stand for the next eight stops.