Japan 4

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 26

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1976

PLACE OF BIRTH: Iwakuni, Japan, about an hour’s drive from Hiroshima

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: N/A

OCCUPATION: N/A

EDUCATION: Subject was studying language education in college when recorded.

AREA(S) OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS:

She lived in Osaka, Japan, for about five years before moving to Kansas, in the United States, to study English at Baker University, then language education at the University of Kansas. She had lived in the United States for about three years at the time of this recording.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Kate Haugan

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 05/2002

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): N/A

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

I was born in Iwakuni, Japan and it’s, oh, pretty close to Hiroshima. It’s about one-hour trip from Hiroshima and I was raised and I lived there for eighteen years, and I moved to Osaka to go to school; then I graduated from college there; then I worked for a year and decided to come to the United States to study English. So that was when I was 23, and I studied at Baker University in Kansas and, um, well at first I just wanted to study English but I wanted to study more about like language education so I decided to come to KU so I started my graduate study two years ago then now I’m here and still studying. I don’t know when I’m graduating! When I enter in junior high school the English classes are mandatory for all students so that’s how I started English. Hiroshima? Yeah, well, it’s pretty difficult for me to talk about, because well I went to museum in Hiroshima about atomic bomb and it was just horrible it was pretty much about how the victims uh, looked like,and how their life was like after the atomic bomb. Well when I watch TV here there was documentary about World War Two and some scientists were justifying the bombing in Hiroshima but I just can’t think that it was the right thing to do and, like, too many civilians got killed. So that’s how I think about it. … “Namida no Joushaken” – that  means “Ticket to Ride,” but they added like “namida,” which is “tears.” “Ticket for a Ride with Tears.” Like they like put “namida” – tears – in everything like in English songs. I don’t know why.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Kate Haugan

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): N/A

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

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DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): N/A

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY: N/A

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DATE OF COMMENTARY (DD/MM/YYYY): N/A

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