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Henry and his sisters think of themselves as part of the Nisei generation, although their mother was also born in America. Typically, Nisei are challenged to live a mixture of Japanese and American culture. Having the opportunity to participate in school events gave him confidence socially. Still, on occasion, Henry felt he was different or separate from his classmates. For example, he knew instinctively that he could not openly date a Caucasian girl. Realizing the existence of such limits, he was torn between wanting to be accepted and having pride in his heritage…
Oral History, Stockton - CA, California, Japanese American, History
Runnels, Tara. "Hirata Family: Henry Hirata (Middle)". (2005). STOCKTONSpeaks! Japanese American Stories. Oral History 2.
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