Preserving tradition becoming more difficult

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”

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You know, I think there always will be...and there always will be a core of people that really like to keep it together. But it’s getting smaller because there’s a lot of intermarriage. And so if our generation or your generation don’t teach them some of the traditions…if my parents die before I learned everything or I die before I teach them, then it will disappear. And it started. But the Japan America Society – all different types of associations here that I think are doing a good job.

We have one ???? with Japan Hawaii Executive Conference. We do that every other year. They come here, we go there. But I notice that people are getting older, but no more younger people coming in, you know. You know what I mean? It seem like you’re spending so much time and money to meet somebody where they cannot help you in the future. But it’s not helping you for business sometime. It’s to learn the tradition. They want to learn what you’re doing here and you want to learn what they’re doing. Not always business. But the kids nowadays, which, I don’t blame them. They want to get contact where they can get projects or jobs. So we gotta get them balanced someplace.

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

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