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Title: Aiko Tengan Tokunaga Interview
Narrator: Aiko Tengan Tokunaga
Interviewer: Martha Nakagawa
Location: Los Angeles, California
Date: July 29, 2010
Densho ID: denshovh-taiko-01-0018

AT: I don't know if from U.S. here, kenjinkai, but I know we had from Hawaii. Hawaii also had those care packages, and that's because, I don't know if there was anybody from our part of village here. So I think that mostly people who, from certain village, they might have sent to their villages to help. And it would come, not individual, but it would come to the, like, a village hall or something like that, addressed to, and in our case. And then they would open up huge packages, and then again, they would distribute to the family members. And those packages included adult's clothes, men's clothes and those things. I think for us, probably Hawaii clothing was more compatible to Okinawan lifestyle, because more of a lighter summer clothes, those things. So they really helped Okinawa people since shortly after the war. So Okinawa government, to reciprocate that, they've helped like, when Hawaii built a community center, government helped, to thank the people, what they did during the war.

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