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Sexual desire can be stimulated by the anxiety of aloneness, by the wish to conquer or be conquered, by vanity, by the wish to hurt and even to destroy, as much as it can be stimulated by love... but to love somebody is not just a strong feeling - it is a decision, it is a judgment, it is a promise.
Washington, D.C., 2003
As Lala watches the cherry blossoms tremble in the breeze, she can sense her culture in them. In spring, thousands of these blossoms bloom along the Potomac River, a gift to Washington, D.C. from the Japanese government. Like Lala, they have found home after a long cross-cultural journey.
In September, ten days before the reunification of Germany, Lala was traveling through Berlin. At the time, West Berlin was surrounded by East Germany. It was a lonely island of democracy in a sea of Communism.