Last weekend my girlfriend had a meeting with her family (father, sister, brother) to announce the fact of our engagement. Her family had been studiously ignoring the large solitaire diamond engagement ring on her hand for a week, so in order to drag the issue into the light, it was necessary to call the meeting.
To be blunt, I’m not very well liked by her father, although we’ve never met in all the 5 years that I’ve dated his daughter. I’ve tried to arrange to see him, but he will not entertain the idea and has stonewalled all attempts to do so. Why? Because I’m a foreigner.
To be fair, I can sort of see his side. Some pushy, loudmouthed, hairy, barbarian is coming like a thief in the night to take his daughter into a sordid life of misery slaving away in his house. I know how easy it is to imagine the worst about someone when you’ve never met them. That I can understand. The kicker is that at the meeting he related to his family that his reasons for objecting to the marriage are based upon anecdotes his friend has told him about English teachers’ nefarious motivations for marrying Japanese girls. To wit –
[list=1]1. Marriage to a Japanese national an easy way for a foreigner to get a visa for permanent residence,
2. Foreign men like to have submissive Japanese wives,
3. Hi Opal,
4. Social lepers and other misfits who have fled their homeland to Japan to teach English can get some financial security by marrying into a well-off family,
5. Foreign guys are only interested in using Japanese girls for sex and are quite willing to just toss them aside when done[/list=1]
When I heard that these were his reasons for objecting to the marriage I was just floored.
To my father-in-law to be:
You have destroyed any faith I had in the idea that I could be accepted in Japan. When people see me walk down the street I now know what they are secretly thinking about me. I know now why mothers usher their children away from me.
But I have news for you pops – listen up.
[list=1]1. Motherfucker, I am on the same visa that you are. Marrying your daughter will not get me a new visa because she is not a Japanese national and neither are you. Anyway, I don’t need a new visa. Your country is a joke and I’m only here on secondment for my company. The law firm where I work sponsors my visa. Fuck you,
2. Whatever. I’m not sure who would want such a wife, but if I wanted it I wouldn’t have to travel all the way to Japan to find a subservient girl. By the way, have you met your daughter? The one who attended to the Angela Basset finishing school,
3. Fuck you for good measure,
4. I don’t know what you have against English teachers, but in any event, I am a lawyer. I don’t teach English. I’m pretty sure I earn more than double what you do, so I don’t need you money. Suck on it.
5. Funny, I hear foreign guys complaining of this but vice-versa.[/list=1]
Even if I didn’t have money, but was at least hardworking and honest, your attitude shows that our marriage would always be viewed with suspicion and that pisses me off more than I can say. In fact it depresses me.
I don’t know what you mean when you grudgingly say that you will attend the wedding but then threaten that it will be the first and the last time you will ever see us. Well, I have just one question – What makes you think you are invited to the wedding? If you want to be absent from our lives because of your unfair and mean-spirited assumptions, why wait? I suggest you begin right away, and fuck right off.