Matthew Morishige talks about his experience as a young biracial Japanese and Mexican male.
Growing up in Stockton, he was never really around many Japanese Americans. Though he did karate, he really wanted to join taiko and the JA basketball league at a local Buddhist church. However, because of his religious background and biracial background, he was not allowed to.
Matt discusses the preservation of Japanese American history and culture. He encourages people of all backgrounds to engage in Japanese culture but stresses to always keep the Japanese people in mind.
To Matt, understanding personal history is necessary to fully appreciate life and gain a greater sense of self. He stresses the importance of self-discovery through cultural history and practices.
"Being Catholic, and not being Buddhist... didn't allow me to be a part of and engage with other people from my Japanese ethnic group."