In March 2019, Jodie Emery went to Japan.
It was her first time there.
Jodie was 18, an aspiring singer-songwriter, and she had just arrived in Japan.
Jodies first trip was to Singapore, but she had a bigger goal: to visit the US, where she’d planned to go to college.
In a country that has been in turmoil for months, Jody was ecstatic to find herself in the middle of a political crisis that was threatening the future of the country, with the US and Russia facing off.
It’s a situation that has caused great distress to Jody, who had to learn how to navigate a hostile foreign environment while still trying to make ends meet, a struggle that would continue for the rest of her life.
As she left the airport on her way back to Los Angeles, Jodi Emery was surprised to find that her visa application had been rejected.
It had been a long time since she had been denied a visa, so she had no idea how long it would take for the decision to be final.
“I was like, ‘Wait a minute, this is really happening, what is going on?'” she said.
“And it turns out it’s the visa for Jodys next trip to the US.
And she’s like, [expletive deleted]!
She is devastated.”
As Jody Emery and her husband left the terminal, they were surprised to discover that their visa application was rejected.
Jodi’s parents were shocked that their daughter had been refused entry into the US as she had planned to do.
“They were like, why?
Why didn’t they just let her in?”
Jodi’s husband, John, said.
Jodi Emerys parents have been living in the US since Jodi was 10 years old.
They are both now parents of children from Japan.
Jody Emery said that she’s hoping to return to Japan someday and that she’d like to visit her parents again.
But for now, she is staying home from Japan to try and focus on her job as a singer-artist, and her plans to get married.
In fact, her visa was denied on three separate occasions.
And on one occasion, she was denied her visa for two consecutive trips.
“It’s been a struggle for me to figure out how I’m going to do it in Japan,” Jodia said.
“If I go back to Japan, it’s a different kind of pressure.
It’s different to be a part of a society where you’re treated differently.
I don’t think I can do that in America.”