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Title: Frank Yamasaki Interview I
Narrator: Frank Yamasaki
Interviewers: Lori Hoshino (primary), Stephen Fugita
Location: Lake Forest Park, Washington
Date: August 18, 1997
Densho ID: denshovh-yfrank-01-0035

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LH: Well, looking back then, you know, if you have a chance to talk to your grandkids about your experience, perhaps, what would you like, what would you like them to know?

FY: I think what we talked about a little earlier about having compassion. Being aware that injustice doesn't only happen to us, it happens to others. Being more conscious worldwide. If there is such a thing as being a citizen of the world, that's what I would like to be. I don't like to choose sides, and say, "Our team is the best." No, it shouldn't be, "My team is the best," but it should be "Our team." It should be all of us; we all should be concerned with humanity.

LH: Looking back at your life, the different experiences that you had, could you pick out maybe the most, oh, the worst effect and then perhaps maybe the best outcome?

FY: Gosh, no, I can't single out. There is so many. Offhand I can't single out, no.

LH: Might there be some positive outcomes of all the experiences that you've accumulated?

FY: At least my children. I think they, I feel very free and I have wonderful children and perhaps they can carry it on to their children. My wife and I have a very good understanding. I've been a lot of problem to her, but aside from domestic, I think we both share the feeling of humanity. The vastness of this world, it's no longer this little county here or there. It's no longer "your team" or "my team."

LH: Is there anything that you'd like to ask, that you would like to talk about that we haven't covered already?

FY: I would say it's a very interesting world that's coming about. This method of recording, what Matt is doing there so unbelievable and how that is transferred to the computer and this computer age is, is just... it's a phenomenon. And I wish, if there is any regret, yes, I wish I had fifty more years. [Laughs]

LH: Well, we want to thank you today for letting us talk with you. We really appreciate it. It's important to hear your story. Thank you.

FY: Thank you. This has been my pleasure.

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