I think the difference came about not with my parents, but with their product, which are the children of my parents, and the children of Kona for example. Somewhat different from other communities because Kona is very independent, and the people there are very outspoken and they are generally supposed to be stubborn farmers and determined. Because the community was a predominant society, by that I mean we were predominantly Japanese. The Filipinos, Portuguese, Chinese were all minority. So we grew up in a dominant society of Japanese. And that’s why the people in Kona are different in the sense that they are confident, determined, and self-assured.
Date: May 29, 2006
Location: Hawai`i, US
Interviewer: Akemi Kikumura Yano
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum