Mary Sunada

Mary has been married for 39 years to John Sunada and they have two sons, James and David. Mary is retired from the Los Angeles Unified School District after 36 years of teaching. She is a member of the Orange County Buddhist Church, the Japanese American National Museum, and the Go for Broke National Education Center. She enjoys volunteering for the Nikkei Socials, Long Beach Coin Club, and the Cerritos Senior Center. Her interests are in fishing, dancing, and traveling with family and friends.

Updated September 2019

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Nikkei Chronicles #3 — Nikkei Names: Taro, John, Juan, João?

The Chosen Names

Who is Mary Mieko Sunada? It begins with my birth certificate. A baby girl is born Mary Mieko Nakata on January 1, 1948 at 1 a.m. at 1-4 Tanaka-machi Askusa Daito-ku, Tokyo, Japan. My parents are Yoneto Nakata from Sanger, California, U.S.A. and Yaeko Niikura from Gumna-ken, Japan.

My father, Yoneto, became the last of the Nakata family. He had no brothers or sisters. His mother got sick after giving birth to him and the family moved back to Japan. He returned to the U.S.A. after both parents had passed away. He was drafted into ...

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