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For Karen Cairel, coming-of-age was a journey, involving many steps and the support of loving family ties. She treasures the model her grandmother provided showing her that adult life can be bright and positive. Karen’s religion of Buddhism and Japanese heritage provided the values that guided her to maturity. She remembers the support of parents who adjusted quickly as she began to make adult choices. In sum, she was warmly cared for as she made her way toward adulthood…
Oral History, Stockton - CA, California, Japanese American, History
Foster, April. "Hirata Family: Karen Cairel (Youth)". (2005). STOCKTONSpeaks! Japanese American Stories. Oral History 3.
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