Otis Wright Ginoza

Otis Wright Ginoza is a third generation Okinawan-American. A graduate of University of California, Santa Cruz and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he made his career in urban planning and city management before retiring to focus on ceramic pottery, California native plants, traveling, and spending time with his wife and daughters.

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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