Neighbor took care of hotel business during the World War II

Dancing in Japan as an American, in the US as Japanese Neighbor took care of hotel business during the World War II Different learning style in Japan and the United States Both Japanese and American identities though Japanese dance Being a man through Kabuki Hardship to be a Kabuki dancer as a woman Do my best as a professional dancer

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Well we didn’t know what to do and my mother don’t know what to do, so there was a lady named Mary Galletly and she was a very nice American lady and so when we had to go to Santa Anita, she said, “I’ll take care of the hotel for you.” And so my mother said she would give you everything that we have, so she would take care of it. So every month, she sent us the money into the camp. I just don’t know why, but she took care and she did a better…well she did a better job than we did. The hotel was always full.

Date: November 30, 2004
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Nancy Araki and John Esaki
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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