Why I joined the Japanese American Citizens League

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I was too busy trying to make a living before the war—too young. Nobody’s going to listen to a nineteen-year-old kid. My motivations for getting into the JACL [in the mid-1950s]—well first of all, I think it was social. I’m married now, and I have a couple of kids. But it’s nice to sit down with other Nikkei and just chat, share food, enjoy. And JACL provided that here. Also, I think, some of the work the JACL was doing I thought was quite worthy of support, so I got involved.

Date: August 27, 1998
Location: Pennsylvania, US
Interviewer: Darcie Iki, Mitchell Maki
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum.

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