Influence as a youth

Inspirations Making it happen Richard Sakai Works of Stan Sakai His method Influence as a youth Manga vs. Comics Reading all sorts of comics Family’s acceptance Styles and influences Culture as a child Cultural influences

Transcripts available in the following languages:

Well, I’m third generation Japanese American; I’m a Sansei. I grew up in Hawaii, where there’s a strong Japanese culture there. So I not only read American comics, but I also read Japanese comics, manga. So alongside Spiderman, or Fantastic Four or Superman, I was also reading the works of Osamu Tezuka. Or, my mother was reading them for me because I didn’t really know Japanese at that time. So I grew up with both the Japanese and American comics.

Date: September 28, 2010
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Lynn Yamasaki, Maria Kwong
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

comics hawaii identity manga sansei

Itadakimasu 2! Another Taste of Nikkei Culture

Read the Itadakimasu 2! stories >>

Get updates

Sign up for email updates

Journal feed
Events feed
Comments feed

Support this project

Discover Nikkei

Discover Nikkei is a place to connect with others and share the Nikkei experience. To continue to sustain and grow this project, we need your help!

Ways to help >>

A project of the Japanese American National Museum

Major support by The Nippon Foundation