Sydnie Kohara

World-traveled journalist Sydnie Kohara anchors the CBS 5 Eyewitness News Early Edition and makes her home in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Updated Summer 2004

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Nikkei Heritage

Growing up Asian in Louisiana

I remember seeing an old black and white picture of my Japanese grandmother. We called her Momo. I would guess the year is 1960 or ’61. She’s wearing a belted dress of a soft floral print, little heels, tiny spectacles perched on her nose, and sporting a fresh perm in a short stylish cut. She’s standing quite prim and proper-- on the bank of the bayou, holding a long cane pole, waiting for the catfish to bite, and ready to fling that poor creature up on the grass behind her.

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