In this video from Faces of America, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. speaks with Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi and offers insight into the life of her Japanese ancestors while looking through old family photographs she had never seen before. One photograph is of her grandfather, Tatsuichi Yamaguchi, as a young man. He sent the photo from the United States to his family in Japan almost 100 years ago and they had kept it safe for almost a century. The other photograph examined is one of her grandmother, Tatsuichi’s wife, on the family farm in California with Kristi’s father and two of his siblings.
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