May 5, 2009
So I got a two-day extension by confessing to my advisor that if I don't graduate on time, and my mother comes across many oceans to see me walk and I don't, then I will have dishonored my family. I also told him how, in my culture, when women are a source of dishonor, they are frequently buried alive. I explained to him that if you connect the dots, and if mommy comes here and Xeb doesn't walk-the-walk-that-has-to-be-walked she will be buried somewhere underneath the Cherry Blossoms in Sakura park, never to walk again (but perhaps bloom as a particularly pretty cherry blossom?). He connected the dots admirably. I have two days to salvage my family's honor and thereby save my own life.