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To be “100 % Japanese”

When my second son was 4 years old, my wife took him to Boston and they were standing in line to have ice cream and this elderly white lady was looking at him and she was kind of puzzled to see what nationality he was. She said, “Little boy, what are you?” He said, “Oh…” She said, “Little boy, what’s your name?” He said, “Patrick.” She said, “Oh that’s a Irish name.” He said, “Yes.” She said, “Are you…what race are you?” And he didn’t understand that. “What are you?” He said, “I’m a boy.” “No, what are you?” “I’m Japanese Irish because I’m 4, but when I’m older, I’ll be a 100 percent Japanese.”


hapa identity Irish Japanese Americans racially mixed people

Date: June 1, 2006

Location: Hawai`i, US

Interviewer: Akemi Kikumura Yano

Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

Interviewee Bio

Bert A. Kobayashi, founder of the Kobayashi Group LLC, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on November 10, 1944. He is a third generation Japanese American whose parents were also born and raised in Hawai‘i. At the age of 19, his father Albert fell ill and Bert was suddenly introduced to the difficult realities of running a business when he took over the construction company founded by his father. Bert eventually guided the business to become the largest local construction company in Hawai‘i, selling the business to a group of employees in 1997. He then founded the Kobayashi Development Group, serving as chairman until his retirement, and continues to be an advisor to the company led by his son, B.J. Kobayashi, who serves as CEO and president. Bert is known throughout the state of Hawai‘i for his generous philanthropic efforts such as starting the University of Hawai‘i Foundation and has been an active member on numerous community and educational boards. (2007年3月1日)

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His Shin-Issei parents

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Parents identification as Peruvian Okinawan

Okinawan American whose parents are from Peru.

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Okinawan cultural appreciation

Okinawan American whose parents are from Peru.

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Prejudice against Okinawans from mainland folks

Okinawan American whose parents are from Peru.

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American values she aligns with

Okinawan American whose parents are from Peru.

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Working together in Okinawa using three languages

Okinawan American whose parents are from Peru.

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Expressing herself through poetry

(b. 1923) Japanese American poet, activist

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About Escobar (Spanish)

(b. 1962) Nisei Japanese Argentinian, currently residing in Japan

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Her definition of Nikkei

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Impact of Coming Out on Her Family

(b. 1957) Justice of the Supreme Court of Hawaii.

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