Posted in Yonsei


While both of my parents said they didn’t feel consciously traumatized by their internments, both of their families were quite poor before, during and after the war.  My mother’s parents felt that the best way to escape poverty was for their kids to go onto post-secondary education and pursue well-paying jobs using their brains rather...Continue reading

Posted in Yonsei

growing up, work in progress

I believe efforts to shield the young nisei during the internment and assimilate after didn’t allow for emotional vulnerability for the issei, impacting relations between generations in my family. My relatives encouraged me to participate in my culture from childhood, as they yearned for the opportunity when they were younger.  It was our duty as yonsei...Continue reading

Posted in Nisei

A Very Personal Thing

Raising children… That’s a very difficult question for me. Because my parents were very… gentle. Never laid a hand on us. It was always gentle. Um… they never… said anything about doing the wrong thing or a bad thing, except not to… they said, Don’t deface your family’s name. I remember that. But… I married…...Continue reading

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