This chapter highlights the moral complexities of author Uzawa Kanako's personal journey back and forth from Nibutani (Hokkaido) to Tokyo and beyond to other countries, and her ongoing attempts to reconcile her identity as Indigenous and Ainu of mixed Japanese descent while receiving a graduate education at a Norwegian university. In grappling with how dominant images of Ainu as a rural and sedentary people impinge on how Kanako thinks of herself as Ainu, Uzawa extends the idea of moving beyond boundaries to the domain ofculture. She expresses the difficulties faced in authoring her own identity as a young, modern Ainu in the face of the constraints of tradition and authenticity imposed on her by the audience and assembled newspaper reporters.
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