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Title: Ayame Tsutakawa Interview II
Narrator: Ayame Tsutakawa
Interviewer: Tracy Lai
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: June 5, 1998
Densho ID: denshovh-tayame-02-0004

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TL: As you began to use and learn more of the English language, did you think of yourself any differently in terms of your identity?

AT: I don't think so. It was just more a necessity to learn to speak English.

TL: Sometimes I guess, especially with creative writers, they'll describe how the use of English language kind of went along with their sense of being an American, and sometimes they'll talk about what does it mean to be Japanese and American at the same time. So I don't know if you had any thoughts about that.

AT: I don't think I thought anything that seriously, [Laughs] just learning to speak the language.

TL: As a teenager, did you follow the events of World War II? Did your family talk a lot about what Japan was doing?

AT: Yes, I was very sad, too.

TL: Were you thinking a lot about your brother because he was serving at the same time?

AT: Yes. Yes, he went to Manchuria first and then came back, and he was lucky enough to come back. And then to go to Hiroshima and what happened, I was very sad.

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