I do not believe that my parents or grandparents impacted the way we were raised. We did not experience any racist actions in school as we made up approximately 30—50% of the school population. Also when I returned home, my neighborhood was comprised of primarily Japanese Canadian families and so my social circle did not include many other ethnic groups such as Caucasian, First Nations or Chinese. My parents always stressed the need for education rather than following in my father’s footsteps choosing fishing as his career.
Steveston was a close knit community and social gatherings included the Japanese Language School bazaar, Steveston Buddhist Temple bazaar, and martial arts tournaments.