Fuyiko Kuwahara

Fuyiko is the granddaughter of Kiyoshi Kuwahara, who immigrated to South America in the early 20th century. Fuyiko was born in Iquique, Chile, and for the past 32 years she has been living in Canada. Her university studies in Chile led her to become a midwife and she was an active leader of the Society of Midwives of Iquique. After immigrating to Canada, she began a new career in the visual arts, choosing painting as her second profession. Lately, and to her surprise, she has discovered that she also loves to write and hopes to continue writing more about her Japanese roots.

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

My Hero: Kiyoshi Kuwahara

Over time, my concept of who is a hero has changed substantially, and the people I admired for their accomplishments and virtues when I was a girl are not the same people I admire today. Thanks to Pioneros (Pioneers), a database of Japanese immigrants in Peru (1899-1941), for the first time I was able to obtain information about my grandfather, Kiyoshi. This eventually led me to obtain my grandfather’s Koseki (Japanese family record), and as a result I developed a clearer image of the person who I now consider my hero: my grandfather, Kiyoshi Kuwahara.

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