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My Journey to Discover the Legacy of my Grandma, Yuri Kochiyama

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Interning at the Japanese American National Museum

Interning at the Japanese American National Museum has been an amazing experience.  I won’t go into too much detail right now because I will be writing another article about it shortly, but this is a picture of me kneeling next to my grandma’s picture in the Common Ground exhibit at the museum.  I thought it was kind of funny that since I’ve been working here, I noticed that there is a part of the exhibit where this picture, my grandma, is right across from my grandpa, Bill’s, quote!  I’ve been wondering if this was just a coincidence or intentional. 

Just working in this environment has brought me back to why I love being part of the JA community and why I’m doing the Nikkei Community Internship program this year.  We have such a rich cultural history and there are so many people out there who care.  It’s great to be at the hub of it all.

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Maya Kochiyama at JANM 1
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Maya Kochiyama kneels next to a photo of her grandmother during World War II when she was incarcerated in Camp Jerome. July 2011 Photo courtesy of Maya Kochiyama More »

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