Mary Sunada

Mary Sunada ha estado casada con John Sunada durante 40 años y tiene dos hijos, James y David. Es una profesora de escuela elemental jubilada que ha trabajado para el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Los Ángeles (LAUSD, por sus siglas en inglés) durante 36 años. Asimismo, es miembro de la Iglesia Budista del Condado de Orange (OCBC, por sus siglas en inglés), del Museo Nacional Americano Japonés y del Centro Nacional de Educación “Go for Broke.” Sus intereses son la pesca, el baile y el viajar con su familia y amigos.

Última actualización en septiembre de 2020

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Crónicas Nikkei #7 — Raíces Nikkei: Indagando en Nuestra Herencia Cultural

A Promise

Almost 60 years ago, a promise was made by a girl who was ten years old. I was that little girl and remembered that day very clearly. My best friend, Leslie, came over to play and told me a secret. She said that the man I called “Pop” was not my biological father. I felt hurt and anger towards my mom because I heard it first from a friend. Now, I understood why I had emotions of not belonging, being unhappy, and always feeling lonely. I wanted to know why Mom did not talk about my father. Was he bad ...

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Bringing Dad Home

Returning home in October 2016 from Japan reminded me of how much my dad, Yoneto Nakata, loved me.

Even though his life was cut short, he had accomplished so much.  My dad was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army.  He volunteered for the Military Intelligence Service, a top-secret unit of the Japanese American soldiers fluent in the Japanese language, while his cousins were shipped to Jerome internment camp.

After WW II, Dad met and married my mom, Yaeko Niikura, in Japan, where he worked as a civilian interpreter for Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s government. I was ...

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Crónicas Nikkei #5 — Nikkei-go: El idioma de la familia, la comunidad y la cultura

Made in Japan

This familiar phrase, “made in Japan” (Nihon-sei) reminds me of my mother, Yaeko. She was born in Gunma, Japan, on March 7, 1927. Her parents, Matsuji and Kichi Niikura, always had old fashioned Japanese values. Yaeko was their only daughter among their three sons, Hiroshi, Katsumi, and Kazuhiko. She loved sewing and designing. Her dream was to become a fashion designer, however her parents had other ideas in mind. They wanted their daughter to marry and to have a family of her own.

Everything changed when World War II broke out between Japan and U.S.A. on December 7 ...

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