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We weren’t just journalists. None of us were journalism majors anyway. We liked to write. We liked to draw. But we were activists. So we participated in the things that we wrote about, whether it was a demonstration or you know, helping out seniors in the community, having a health fair, you know whatever it was, going to Manzanar, going to citywide anti-war demonstrations, going to Wounded Knee, whatever the case might be, we took part in it ourselves.

And so, you know, I think we, at different times, we look at things in terms of a global or like a very big picture way of you know seeing society and how society can change and how we can be a part of that.

And then at other times we’re very much local. We’re talking about drug abuse in the community. We’re talking about high school students, in their educational system. We’re talking about social activities that go on, things that are happening with gangs among youth, so very localized kinds of things as well as experiences that we have and the, you know, lessons that we can share with each other.

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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