Grace Morizawa

Grace Morizawa is a Sansei. Her parents met in Heart Mountain Concentration Camp, WY. Born in Los Angeles, she grew up in a Japanese American community in eastern Oregon where West Coast Japanese fled to escape incarceration. She is the Education Coordinator for the National Japanese American Historical Society.

Updated October 2018

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Nikkei Chronicles #7 — Nikkei Roots: Digging into Our Cultural Heritage

The Gift

My mother died on December 21, 1976. That Christmas was numbing. We already had the tree and gifts for my niece, but we took down the decorations. My niece was only three so it was ok with her. These days I look forward to Christmas and the whole commercial shebang. The lights, the carols, the brightly wrapped packages—all of it starting from Macy’s Christmas parade on Thanksgiving morning on TV. Some consider it crass, but I know from the Christmas when my mother died, it is the human spirit enduring the long, cold winter that is only just ...

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