4000 Culture Cranes

Stacie Tamaki's avatar Stacie Tamaki

Because ethnic groups tend to become more Americanized with each passing generation I wanted to encapsulate and share some of the culture and traditions that are part of my Japanese-American heritage. Over the years I've gained more clarity that much of my culture was lost when my family was released from the internment camp at Heart Mountain WY after being held there for almost 4 years. At that point assimilation was more important than culture so I've learned most of what I know now from Google searches. All of my grandparents immigrated to the United States from Japan. Both of my parents were born as U.S. citizens. I am third generation which is called Sansei in Japanese. I feel fortunate that I had the opportunity to know my maternal grandmother when I was still a small child. Several years before she passed away (when I was 10 years old) she taught me how to fold an origami crane creating what has turned out to be my strongest connection to both her and my cultural heritage.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 8 inches
  • Medium: Paper
  • Width: 40 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 30 inches