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Title: Ben Uyeno Interview
Narrator: Ben Uyeno
Interviewer: Dee Goto
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: June 1, 1998
Densho ID: denshovh-uben-01-0040

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DG: So what is it that you want your children to know about being Japanese?

BU: That you do your best. You see, I grew up in a time where unless you did, you were superior, you never got anywhere. And the same thing with the kids that's growing up now. Just because you think that you earned, earned your keep, no longer it isn't true. Unless you're superior, you don't get to where you want to go.

DG: So how, how can you teach your grandchildren this?

BU: Well, they're going to feel and think like hakujins, but they're not. If you don't, if you aren't superior, you'll never get there.

DG: No matter who, whether you're hakujin or...

BU: Yeah, it doesn't make any difference whether you're hakujin or Nihonjin or what have you. You've got to be superior.

DG: In something. Not...

BU: Yeah.

DG: Yeah. So how do you --

BU: You look around and see what the Sanseis have done, they've all done well, but unless you're superior, you'll never get there.

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