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Title: Mas Akiyama Interview
Narrator: Mas Akiyama
Interviewer: Tom Ikeda
Location: Spokane, Washington
Date: March 15, 2006
Densho ID: denshovh-amas-01-0023

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TI: Well, so I'm curious about, when you think about the Japanese American community in Spokane, what do you think's going to happen to it in the future?

MA: That's hard to say. I think like our church, it's going to be what they call a community church, just for all people, rather than an ethnic church.

TI: But then how about the Japanese American community, just the community itself? Do you see, how do you see that sort of changing?

MA: Well, they're kind of accepting it. Some people don't like it, but that's the way it is. See, all the... the Niseis are getting old and they don't, they can't, like me, I quit, quit being active. And the Sanseis, they get married, they intermarry, and they go to other churches. You know, like my daughter, you met her, they go to another church, they go to an evangelical church. I wish she would go to our church, but she won't. And they intermarry, and they go to other churches. Especially younger people, we're getting too old, they want to go to a younger church.

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