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

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What a Cute Baby :)

As you may have guessed, this is a picture of me with Grandma.

Growing up, people would tell me, “Your grandma is an amazing lady,” but I never really knew why or what she did that made her so famous. She’s way too humble to talk about herself and her accomplishments, so I never really got a chance to hear the stories from her. Conversations with my grandma were quite normal I suppose. She would always ask with sincerity how school was going, what I was into these days, and what kind of sports I played and then when I got older, conversations included current global and national events and her stance on them. I just thought she was a normal, loving grandma that I would only get to see a couple of times a year and who sent hand decorated cards and interesting clippings of articles in the mail that she thought we would enjoy or should know about. Slowly, as I acquired fragments of her life from my family and friends, I became more curious as to who she really is.

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Baby Maya with Grandma Yuri
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Yuri Kochiyama holding granddaughter, Maya Kochiyama.  1991.  Photo courtesy of Alison Kochiyama. More »

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