Spending summers in Los Angeles

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When I was kid, having roots or contacts in LA, being on the east coast, was a cool thing. It was just cool. It was a chance for me to get away just during the summers. I wouldn’t spend a long time out there—well, I guess, maybe a month or a month and a half at the longest. But, usually, it was only for a few weeks. Mostly, I think my mom wanted me to have contact with my grandparents and my relatives more because we were so isolated from everyone else. Back then—it’s gotten to be such a small world now—but back then a long distance phone call was a big deal, right? It was good. I enjoyed my time out there. I’d come back with all the newest, coolest, hippest clothes. It was good.

Date: September 12, 2003
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Interviewer: Art Nomura
Contributed by: Art Nomura, Finding Home.

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