“We’re Vietnamese. Been living in Japan for a year now. I came with my brother to work. Life is tough. We barely speak English or Japanese so we have to stick together if we’re going to make it in this big city. Although we’re from Ho Chi Minh City so we’re big city girls ourselves.”

“We’re factory workers from Vietnam. Do you know Ho Chi Minh City? I came to Japan last year with my sister. We’re learning Japanese while on the job, working on the factory floor. It’s tough but rewarding. This is my best buddy. We’re here today to celebrate Thai culture at the annual Thai festival. Don’t you recognize the logo on our hats? It’s from Singha Beer.”

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