Cover Photo: illustration of Edward and Alphonse from Fullmetal Alchemist
Art by Bones Studio/JNN

FMA and Me: Reckoning With Anime as Japanese and American

The affectations of white anime enthusiasts made me feel fake, confusing my yearning for the language and familiarity I craved.

This is Mistranslate, a column by Nina Li Coomes about language, self-expression, and what it means to exist between cultures.

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Nina Li Coomes is a Japanese and American writer, currently living in Boston, MA. Her writing has appeared in EATER, The  Collapsar, and  RHINO Poetry among other places. Her debut chapbook haircut poems was published by Dancing Girl Press in 2017.