July 22nd, 2013


A child's fond memories of life in Sydney.

Setting: A spacefaring future. However, this is largely treated in practice as "an alternative present where they have robots and space travel".

Terms searched: "things I miss about Sydney" "growing up in Sydney" "filipino sydney childhood memories" and similar.

Two Filipino-Australian boys, currently far from home, are trying to get another character to tell them about his life and origins. The other character is, for plot-related reasons, reluctant to do this, and the boys try to encourage him by offering some details of their own lives back in Sydney, to prove that they're not asking anything they're unwilling to do themselves, and that it's POSSIBLE to talk about these things without divulging particularly sensitive information.

Boy 1 has just mentioned some details about his parents' place of work (a cinema), a film he likes, and the fact that Sydney has a lot of beaches.

Boy 2 is where I'm stuck. I only want a line or two, and I'd prefer his comment to touch on a specifically Filipino family experience of Sydney, though this is not essential (and can be sacrificed if it seems likely to end in stereoetyping), so I'm still interested in hearing from people of other backgrounds. But I'd definitely like something a little more personal and less generic than "hey, Sydney has beaches." I'm not finding many reminiscences online, and so suspect almost everything I find of being too touristy, or at least, too adult. E.g, I've been thinking along the lines of: "We used to buy [foodstuff] in [place]." I was wondering about the night market in Chinatown or Market City, but I'm not sure locals really shop in the former, or that a young boy would wax nostalgic about the latter?

Boy 2, should it make a difference, is rather quieter and more sensitive than his outgoing brother.
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I need your help once again, amazing people. This time, on poison.

Hello, guys!

As a crime writer, I often find myself roaming around the medicine tags in this comm. Alas, it's been extremely helpful most of the time, but since this question is rather open/specific (whichever way you'd like to view it) and I know the names of these substances on Spanish and not in English, I'm afraid I might need some extra help.

In any case.

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Thanks in advance!
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Becoming a Medical Researcher in Japan

This is an easy one, I hope!

I'm writing a story in which my main character is a Japanese student studying to eventually become a medical research scientist. I've found some great resources on the ins and outs of medical school in Japan, but everything I've found is geared more towards the student who wants to get out and practice medicine in a clinical setting. My character doesn't like people that much at this point in her life, and would rather look under a microscope.

I know in America generally medical research is a PhD-level degree (so bachelors, then masters/doctorate) but it doesn't necessarily require med school/acquiring a MD. If you want you can go that route but you can still become a researcher in America without being a Doctor is my understanding. Is this similar in Japan? It would make a huge difference in how old my character is. TIA!

- Many variants on "how to become a medical researcher in Japan" in Google
- The archives of this community; I stuck with the japan (misc) and japan (education) tags
- http://www.tokyo-med.ac.jp/ - the website for Tokyo Medical University; this site gives info about post-MD Doctorate students on one page, but doesn't specify whether the MD is required. The Admissions page was useless to me :(