Defining "Nikkei" through lineage and community involvement (Spanish)

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(Spanish) Okay, “Nikkei”, usually, I would say: they are the children of Japanese people, a Japanese mother and father, sometimes only half. Meaning, there are Japanese men and women who’ve married foreigners, though they still retain Japanese blood. And then they have to consider themselves Nikkei. Because these days there are those, in reality, very few, who keep their distance from the community. So that’s why I say that it’s those who identify with the Nikkei community, and who try to preserve – even if they have just a drop of Japanese blood – and be active in the Japanese and Nikkei community.

Date: October 7, 2005
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Ann Kaneko
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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