Less information about Hawai‘i in mainland

Getting involved in the family business at age 19 A body, mind and spirit work ethic Postwar discrimination Less information about Hawai‘i in mainland Family first Being accepted as biracial family Preserving tradition becoming more difficult To be “100 % Japanese”

Transcripts available in the following languages:

When I was stationed in Virginia, you get all these hillbillies and these guys – they got no clue what Hawaii is, you know. They think I live in caves. They think I live in grass shack, I said, “My father’s a contractor.” Not joking. “We live in caves because it doesn’t leak like a grass shack” and they thought I was telling them the truth. “The girls walk around without any tops?” I said, “Of course!” “You guys brush your teeth?” I said, “No. There’s no toothbrush.” I was joking but they thought I was telling them what Hawaii was like. I was in Fort Lee, Virginia.

Date: June 1, 2006
Location: Hawai`i, US
Interviewer: Akemi Kikumura Yano
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

discrimination hawaii racism virginia

Get updates

Sign up for email updates

Journal feed
Events feed
Comments feed

Support this project

Discover Nikkei

Discover Nikkei is a place to connect with others and share the Nikkei experience. To continue to sustain and grow this project, we need your help!

Ways to help >>

A project of the Japanese American National Museum

Major support by The Nippon Foundation