Fitting back into American life

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Well, all my cousin in Los Angeles brought up by my uncle and you know he was more or less strict Japanese way of bringing kids up. Family-oriented and then so when brother and I came to Los Angeles, I think we were able to mold in very nicely with the family. They took us in as another brother. So I really didn’t…don’t feel major difference over culture-wise. But at the same time, there’s freedom -- the freedom that United States was emphasizing to everyone at the time. While I was working on occupation forces, I think I had the feeling coming into my system or my heart and so by the time I came here to the United States, the freedom of speech or freedom of whatever did not came in as a surprise or nothing. Yeah, I was able to mold into it, I think. Yes, Yes.

Date: June 17, 2008
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Janice Tanaka
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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