Issues of identity outside of America

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I haven’t shown them that much in other countries yet. I spent the summer living in Japan, living in Yokohama and so I did bring my portfolio with me and I showed them around there and people were fairly interested there because the outmarriage rate is starting to become bigger in Japan. But they really sort of still saw it as an American phenomenon. Like, “You talk about yourself so much! I mean, I would never be able to write that.” It was still the kind of “enryo” thing, “I would never be able to say that”—but they were interested.

Date: May 3, 2006
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Jim Bower
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum.

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