What Nikkei means to her

What Nikkei means to her Fitting in to both sides of her family Hapa Haole Daughters want to identify with their cultures Culture is an important part of one's identity Writing a novel on the 442nd Not many Japanese Jews

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My definition of being Nikkei is mostly through food. I think that my mother... it’s all about food. Like what are we going to eat and what are we going to bring to the table and that has always brought us together as a family—cooking food and teaching us daughters from a young age in the kitchen and sharing the food with my grandmother and everybody. And always being very proud of her Japanese heritage.

Date: April 4, 2013
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Patricia Wakida
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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