I could have stayed in Japan forever. The thought was not without some appeal, ...but after nearly 11 years away, what is the value of another one?
My last apartment was my best apartment because the lease was not in my name, nor could I renew it. when it expired
Spend a small fortune to move to another: rat, cockroach, and flea infested hovel with no insulation, or go home and see what it was like when I was not set aside from the rest of society - based on my race? The opportunity still existed now, but it wouldn't last forever.
I told people, all through the years, that I would one day go back and study art like I'd always meant to do.
I applied to a graduate schools, and got in. It seems to be doing well for me so far.