"My dad taught me to be humble," Kariya says at the suggestion, heat rising in his soft voice for the only time this night. "From the beginning, we learned to respect other people. To walk softly. Not to talk about ourselves. Today, arrogance is everything, in all walks of life. Maybe this is going against the norm, but humility is what we learned."
The man who said, "The past is history," over the soup, seasoned his lemon chicken with the profundity, "You are who you are."
Yes, this is true. For Kariya. For everyone. As his bachan said about her time in the internment camp, "It can't be helped."