Wendy Soderburg

Wendy (Nomura) Soderburg is a senior editor in UCLA's Office of Media Relations and Public Outreach, where she writes regularly for UCLA Magazine and UCLA Today , the campus' staff and faculty online
publication. Both of her parents were sent to internment camps in 1942 - her father to Rohwer and her mother to Poston. Soderburg is a proud UCLA alumna (1982) and is especially pleased that her alma mater has chosen to honor its wartime students of Japanese ancestry with a special degree ceremony - a long overdue recognition.

Updated April 2010

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A wrong finally made right

When Bob Naka was a UCLA student in the early 1940s, there was a campus bridge that led from the parking area toward the Physics Building. “There was a deep ravine under that bridge,” he recalled. “It’s since been covered over, but you can still drive over it. People probably wonder, how come this road has sides to it?”

That is the UCLA that Naka, 86, remembers. The Concord, Mass., resident hasn’t been back to campus since the 1950s, just after the events of World War II wrenched him from a comfortable student’s life to that of ...

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