Margaret Edith Chiseko Ginoza

Margaret Edith Chiseko Ginoza is a mixed-race descendent of Okinawan immigrants. Raised in Southern California, she is a graduate of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY and current MD/MPH candidate at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Florida. Her interests include circus arts, mixed-race identity, baking, scientific ethics, and spending too much time on the internet.

Updated June 2019

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Nikkei Chronicles #8—Nikkei Heroes: Trailblazers, Role Models, and Inspirations

Second Hand War Stories

In the 17 years I was able to spend with my grandfather, Herbert Seijin Ginoza, he rarely told me about himself. Most stories I heard were told second hand, by my father or great-aunts and uncles. But the stories I heard, I remembered. He would have been reluctant to be called a hero, but to me, that’s what these stories made him. When he died, I worried that his stories would die too. That’s why, one afternoon in the middle of a power outage, I sat down to interview my father, Otis Ginoza, and to record his version ...

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