Norman Mineta: A Lifetime of Public Service - Part 1


When Norman Yoshio Mineta looks back on his life, he shakes his head and wonders how a little kid from San Jose wound up in Washington, D.C., first as a Congressman and then as a member of two Presidents’ Cabinets. Moreover, he has distinguished himself as an advocate for ...

Jane Aiko Yamano


Growing up, Jane Aiko Yamano never dreamed that she would be the heir to her remarkable grandmother and the various beauty and health schools she fostered. Nor could she imagine being at the forefront of perpetuating and modernizing the Japanese traditional kimono with an eye at engaging young people in ...

Stan Sakai: The Cartoonist


When Stan Sakai’s father Akio heard that his son wanted to work as an illustrator of comic books, he was, not surprisingly, skeptical. “You can’t make a living as a cartoonist,” his father told him. “Why don’t you go into accounting or computers?” In some form, this ...

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Chris Komai is a freelance writer and a community relations’ specialist, who has been involved in Little Tokyo for four decades. He was the Public Information Officer of the Japanese American National Museum for over 21 years, where he handled publicity for the organization’s special events, exhibitions and public programs. Prior to that, Komai worked for the Japanese-English newspaper The Rafu Shimpo for 18 years as a sports writer, sports editor and English editor. Komai also serves on the Little Tokyo Community Council Board and on the Little Tokyo Public Safety Association board. He has been a member of the Southern California Nisei Athletic Union Board for basketball and baseball for 40 years. He earned a B.A. degree in English from the University of California at Riverside.


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