Cedrick Shimo is an 88-year-old Japanese-American Nisei. His working-class family moved to Boyle Heights in 1926 due to the lack of housing restrictions there. Looking back, he remembers being a second-class citizen in Los Angeles during the 1930s and 1940s: “There was a lot of discrimination outside of Boyle Heights. We couldn’t eat at restaurants up on Sunset Boulevard but this didn’t happen in Boyle Heights.” From his childhood on, Cedrick was part of a gang, the Cougars, known for getting into fights, but in actuality, it was more of an athletic and social club. The remaining Cougars still meet three times a year. Cedrick attended the Japanese language school in the neighborhood, Asahi Gakuen, run by his mother. Cedrick fondly remembers the diversity in his neighborhood. In 1941, he was drafted into the U.S. Army while at UC Berkeley. While at basic training, he discovered that his mother had been sent to Manzanar Internment Camp and his father, head of a Kendo school, had been arrested by the FBI and sent to a special camp. He became a military protester and activist. Cedrick speaks openly about the historical discrimination faced by Japanese-Americans. He worked for 25 years as the General Manager of a Chinese importing company and later, worked for Honda International Exporting Company. He writes and lectures nationally about his past experiences and volunteers at the Japanese American National Museum.