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Guide to the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations oral history collection 2011.019

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Collection processed by Julia Lipkins with assistance from Elena Locascio

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Sonnet Takahisa, 2012 January 31

Biographical note

Sonnet Takahisa was born to an American Jewish mother and a Japanese American father and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She received a B.A. in East Asian studies from Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts and an M.A. in East Asian and Japanese studies from the University of Washington at Seattle. She worked as the director of education at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Takahisa discusses her parents' views on atheism and Zionism; paternal grandfather's immigration to the United States; career path; and practice of honoring Japanese holidays and traditions. Interview conducted by Elisabeth Pozzi-Thanner.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the interview is available onsite at the Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library and online on the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations website: The Brooklyn Historical Society does not have permission to license oral history audio recordings or transcripts to third parties.

Subject Topics

  • Asian American Jews -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Education, Higher -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Jews, Americans -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Japanese Americans -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Parenthood
  • Racially mixed families
  • Race identity
  • Museums -- New York (State) - New York
  • Racially mixed people

Subject Places

  • Seattle (Wa.)
  • Japan