Why I became an American citizen (Japanese)

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(Japanese) I got permanent residency and I wasn’t thinking about getting citizenship, but I got citizenship in 2000. I’m grateful because I was probably the first American citizen who didn’t understand English, but they still allowed me to be one.

Since I had my own family, while I still have my hometown in Japan, I feel that I have my second home here and for my children, too, who were born here as American citizens. I felt the need to become one myself to live with them as citizens – that’s how I became one. I’m truly thankful.

Date: April 16, 2016
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Mistue Watanabe
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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