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Yoshiaki Fujitani oral history interview, part 1 of 8, January 19, 2002
Yoshiaki Fujitani grew up in Maui, Hawaii on a plantation camp in a parsonage. His father was a missionary, so he and his seven siblings grew up in a Buddhist temple. His family took in three orphans and they became a part of their family. He describes growing up among different ethnic groups and social classes around the plantation community. During his childhood, he and his friends used to be trouble makers -- he describes an instance when they were caught trashing a local school. Being the eldest/first son of the family, he tended to receive special treatment in comparison to his sisters. His father, although a man of few words, epitomized Japanese cultural values, and was highly respected by his family.
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Fujitani, Yoshiaki: narrator, Miyamoto, Phil: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Yoshiaki Fujitani oral history interview, part 1 of 8, January 19, 2002,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed June 8, 2023, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/699.