I do not think the knowledge of our family history has influenced the way we raised our children. Our values and the way we raised our kids were very traditional. They are interested in their family history to varying degrees and only in recent years since I have been active in working on JC projects to raise awareness of the injustice of internment are they interested in the topic. My daughter who lives in Kirkland WA has joined Densho to learn about the JA internment experience.
I didn’t try to teach them about the war years because I expected if they are curious they would learn on their own. We’re past the time when this should be grilled into our children, except when it comes to the injustice: the mistreatment and what happened to people’s lives. I don’t spend time lecturing. They learn by coming into contact with the internment stories.