“As a third generation Japanese American, I recognize that my wife and I will be the ones in my family who lived and experienced the values and cultural traditions of my grandmother and grandfather (bachan and gichan). It will be our joy and responsibility to communicate and share those values and cultural traditions to our new granddaughter (mago), Adelaide Charlotte Yoshitomi. However I’ll need the help of ACTA and other cultural support organizations to make certain that these are present for Addie as she grows. It’s also important to us that Addie learn of her relatives’, neighbors’, and classmates’ cultural traditions. I’m not going to be in Addie’s life forever, but God willing, I hope that these traditions and ACTA will be.”
— Jerry Yoshitomi
Our sincere gratitude to Jerry and all of those who made a donation this July and August to support traditional arts.
Colleen Ament Rasey