Identifies as Japanese, but home is San Francisco

Rediscovery of Japanese culture through taiko (Japanese) Identifies as Japanese, but home is San Francisco

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I’m still Japanese. Yeah, I am…I am Japanese. I can’t run away from that. I can’t. I am Japanese, just like a Issei no hitorachi to onaji nine. (same as Issei people)…I feel very different [from Japanese in Japan]. When I go to there, two weeks is a maximum. I missed here. I really missed. I don’t wanna be there anymore. So, when I come back here, I feel so safety. Oh…good. This is my country. Just like that. And the spirit of Japanese is different. You know. I feel it something who…where I live. I belong to San Francisco now already.

Date: January 26, 2005
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Ann Kaneko, Sojin Kim
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum.

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