Returning to Japan after studying in New York

Studying in Japan before working in the US His father urged him to go to the US Americans changing his opinion of the US Returning to Japan after studying in New York Decision to remain in the US and become an American citizen The first garden he visited in the US Practicing in the US Developing international programs Describing the meaning of "Nikkei"

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I went back to Japan, 1967, right after Berkeley, and then went to New York, five months practice. I had a dream to be in New York, when I was young. That time [inaudible], those kinds of things. And then I wanted to stay, you know, New York for a while, but, again, Expo, Kyoto University, those kinds of things.

Then I went back to practice for a while. Then 1969, Kyoto University is a riot. Yeah, big riot. I was teaching that time, but I wasn’t able to teach that time. And also I had lots of influence from Berkeley. You know, freedom, I was really, you know, on the side of the students, as a teacher. But I was trying to help students to develop the understanding of policy and so forth. 

Date: August 10, 2016
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Sojin Kim, John Esaki
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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