Japanese language is the important aspect to keep identity (Spanish)

Her interests in Japanese culture (Spanish) Identity (Spanish) The importance of learning cultural diversity (Spanish) The arrival of her grandpa (Spanish) The memory of her grandfather (Spanish) To think in one language and live in another (Spanish) Studying Japanese to understand her grandfather (Spanish) Japanese language is the important aspect to keep identity (Spanish)

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(Spanish) The third generation I would say, after my grandfather, is that [generation] which returns [or seeks earlier generations]. My mother knows a little Japanese, because she lived there for a year. I speak to her in Japanese as a way to practice, but she responds in Spanish. I feel that there is a necessity of knowing, of understanding the other [culture, which is] much more present in me or in the younger generation than in my mother. It is not that she isn’t interested in learning more Japanese; [it’s just that] I believe her feelings of being Argentine run deeper. What’s more, she did not oblige me to study Japanese; I did it on my own initiative.

Date: July 12, 2006
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Interviewer: Takeshi Nishimura, Ricardo Hokama
Contributed by: Centro Nikkei Argentino

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