Not too concerned about learning Japanese when he was growing up in Brazil (Portuguese)

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(Portuguese) 

My name is Antonio Shinkiti Shikota. I was born in Campinas [in the state of São Paulo], on September 12, 1962. My parents are Japanese. They are ... My father is from Sendai and my mother from Miyagi-ken. My parents spoke Japanese at home. But I wasn’t really into it, ya know, even though they said I’d have to learn Japanese ... I wasn’t too concerned with learning Japanese. I’d say, “C’mon, I'm in Brazil, ya know, so ... I care about speaking Portuguese, get it?” [laughs]

 

Date: October 19, 2016
Location: Gunma, Japan
Interviewer: Shigeru Kojima
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

Brazil language

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