27. About Vince Patchwork
by Pencil Louis
Pencil Louis began writing fiction for the Tokyo-based
magazine, Uncommon Scents in April, 1992 and immediately
created a series of characters who offered various
viewpoints on life in Japan. These characters included Beth
Crawley, Ted Cronkite, Rosemary Bede, Bull Shitzey and Vince
The first Vince Patchwork story, "The Japanese Experience",
appeared in Uncommon Scents in January, 1993. "Love Hotels"
and "Xenophobia and Sport" followed in the same year. In
these stories and the ones included in Patchwork Yokohama,
Vince Patchwork represents the best in an Australian abroad.
He is more than just a sightseer. He has learned Japanese.
He eats Japanese food. He socialises with Japanese friends.
In short, he participates in the local culture. He does this
not through any preconceived ideas about Japan or the
Japanese, but because he finds himself here in this country.
In spite of all this, Vince is incapable of denying his own
past. Wherever he goes and whatever he does, he carries his
own cultural baggage with him. Because of his obvious
interest in Japan, Vince gives us a unique perspective on
Japan and the foreigner's place in it.