Growing up in a Japanese American community

Growing up in a Japanese American community Supporting art because it's essential

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I was born in Southern California and my family moved to Santa Barbara when I was in junior high school. And my father was Jewish and my mother was from the Dutch Reform Church so when we were looking for a place to worship, we chose Bethany Congregational Church, which was an all-Japanese congregation and it really became our home and the congregation became very close family friends and we had sushi before it was trendy and we were the first hakujin family to become members. So it was a very influential place for me growing up and when I moved to Los Angeles to go to the Art Center College of Design the very first day of the very first class, I chose to sit next to Sandra Higashi because she felt like a sister to me.

Date: January 16, 2006
Location: California, US
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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