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Title: Kara Kondo Interview
Narrator: Kara Kondo
Interviewers: Alice Ito (primary), Gail Nomura (secondary)
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: December 7 & 8, 2002
Densho ID: denshovh-kkara-01-0012

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AI: I was wondering if your parents or your uncle ever talked about going back to Japan and taking you all with -- I mean, permanently. Do you know whether they had ever planned to?

KK: I don't think they ever did. I think there's, that they had a great deal of loyalty to Japan. And, but I don't think they had ever considered -- perhaps early on they did -- of making a fortune and returning. But I don't think, I felt that their future was in the United States, and our, the future of us was here, also.

GN: Did they ever tell you why they went back to Japan? It seems about 1919 or so?

KK: Mostly to visit. When we went back, they were, they took us back so that we could meet our families, and mainly for that. But I don't think there was any intent of their staying there.

GN: Did they visit your mother's family?

KK: My mother's family. Yes. We, that was my adopted, her adopted mother's family. And we did visit Shizuoka, but I have very vague memories of her real mother. I'm sure she was alive, I think. But you know, a three-year-old. I have very vague memories, anyway.

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