Now, my question: Is it possible for a British woman, during the Victorian era, to have a Japanese handmaid?
Background: I'm writing a novella where the main character, a British woman, has a Japanese handmaid as a servant and companion during the Victorian era. I was told that this idea is laughable, but never why. I understand that I'm not very good with history, so I fully accept the possibility that I'm coming up with something really stupid here, but I'm just curious.
Just to clarify: I don't mean if there was ever a time when EVERY British household had Japanese servants, I was just wondering if it's possible and plausible that a British woman could have a Japanese servant, especially if she has stayed in Japan briefly?
Thanks for all the help!