Finding out about adoption

Backstory of Parents Parent’s Marriage Adoption Story Reiko's Name Moving to Torrance Voluntarily Moving to Salt Lake City, Utah Parents in Utah Topaz Visit as a Child Coming back to Los Angeles after the war Finding out about adoption Kent State Shooting, Ohio

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And so my theory is if the child looks like the parents or the parents look like the child, they should never tell the child that they’re adopted because little kids don’t understand why their mother gave them away for whatever, right? But I never knew that.

And I found out when I was in my thirties. And we talked about it one time because we had a big argument. My mom and I were very strong-minded, both of us, you know, so we were often at loggerheads and something had happened that it was really a trivial thing. But we sort of went to battle over that.

Date: May 13, 2022
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Evan Kodani
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

adoption identity

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