My changing identity depending on circumstances (Japanese)

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(Japanese) Identity, identity. In the end, I think I’m more Japanese. When I’m with other Japanese people and talking in Japanese, I feel like I’m connecting as a Japanese person. Then again, when I’m speaking in English, it seems like a switch flips inside of me, making me feel more American. Without that, I would never have made it this far in the working world. If I was always Japanese-like, being polite, always smiling, and nodding “yes, yes” to everyone around, there’s no way I could have moved forward. So that’s why I believe that, depending on the circumstances, some people switch and change their identity.

Date: March 1, 2007
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Yoko Nishimura
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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