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Japan as my home

I think Japan is my home now. As I said, growing up, I was pretty transitive. We were always moving around. So for me, home is where I hang my hat. It always has been. But, more and more, especially from that third year, getting the rest of my stuff out here, getting the rest of my belongings, the things that were important, and establishing them here, that made Japan my home. I don’t consider Los Angeles my home. It’s some place I’ve lived, now. This is my home. Everything I have, I’ve worked for.


Finding Home (film) home identity Japan

Date: September 12, 2003

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Interviewer: Art Nomura

Contributed by: Art Nomura, Finding Home.

Interviewee Bio

Vince Ota, (Sansei on his mother’s side, Yonsei on his father’s), was born in New Hampshire. From there, he and his family lived in several cities throughout the United States and also lived in London before finally settling in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Growing up in a small town in Maryland, Vince did not have much contact with other Asian Americans, except during the summers he spent in Los Angeles with relatives. He describes his upbringing as “pretty White American.” Vince eventually moved to southern California where he attended community college and the California Institute of the Arts. He worked as a creative designer and lived in Los Angeles for seven years until moving to Japan. Vince has lived in Japan since 1996 and plans to stay. At the time of the interview, he was working as a creative designer. (September 12, 2003)

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