Unique Identity from Having Multiple Backgrounds

Life in Davao, Philippines Kindergarten in Davao, Philippines Evacuated to the Jungle Captured by Guerillas after bombing of Pearl Harbor Family was shipped back to Japan after the war Attitudes toward Hikiagesha Move to Los Angeles First Impressions of the US Life in the Philippines Unique Identity from Having Multiple Backgrounds On Nikkei Identity Returning to the Philippines

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Throughout my life, I think, I identified as Japanese, because that’s most of the – my growing period was spent in Japan, and the influence is very strong. But after I came to United States, it was difficult for me to decide, “Who am I?” you know, because I was born in Philippine, and then also Japanese, and then now I’m American, and it took me a long time to decide, “Okay, I’m going to be just my own citizenship. I’m all of it.” So – so that’s the only way that I could just live with my own background.

Date: July 12, 2017
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Mitsue Watanabe, Yoko Nishimura, Leighton Okada
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

citizenship identity Japan philippines United States

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