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Gidra was eclectic because that’s who we were. We came from different experiences even within the Asian American community. I mean we’ve had people that come to us because they grew up in an all white neighborhood and they were the only Japanese or people who grew up essentially a working class kind of a ghetto in this area, or you know, different kinds of experiences that people had and we wanted to reflect all aspects of it.

Date: September 29, 2011
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Kris Kuromitsu, John Esaki
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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