Michael Hosokawa

Michael Hosokawa was born in Portland, Oregon in 1940. Currently he is Senior Associate Dean at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. His daughter Ashlyn lives in Grand Rapids, MI and son, Michael, lives in Houston, TX. Grandchildren Emily and Sean are both students at Texas A&M.

Updated June 2019

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Crônicas Nikkeis 8 — Heróis Nikkeis: Pioneiros, Modelos e Inspirações

Hakujin Heroes

“Nikkei Heroes,” the theme of the JANM's Discover NIkkei project, to capture stories about Japanese American trailblazers, role models, and inspirations has featured many Nikkei heroes from the Issei to current generations. Many of the stories are about people who would never consider themselves as trailblazers or role models.

I previously wrote about some of my heroes such as Senator Daniel Inouye, George “Joe” Sakata, and my father, Bill Hosokawa. While searching my memories of my childhood at Heart Mountain Relocation Center and afterward, I have memories of “Hakujin Heroes” such as Ross Wilbur and Pauline Lynam.

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Crônicas Nikkeis 8 — Heróis Nikkeis: Pioneiros, Modelos e Inspirações

Medal of Honor Heroes: Daniel Inouye and Joe Sakato

Heart Mountain, Wyoming, 1943. My uncle Kenney Miyake visited us. Uncle Kenney is my mother’s brother. They were born in Portland, Oregon. He wore the uniform of the 442nd Infantry Battalion.

He reached into his travel bag and showed me his Army 45, a monster gun in my little hands. On his uniform was a medal, a Purple Heart because he was wounded in Italy. I wanted to wear a uniform just like my Uncle Kenney. I wanted to be a soldier, but I was only three years old.

After Heart Mountain, during my childhood, boys liked to ...

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Crônicas Nikkeis 8 — Heróis Nikkeis: Pioneiros, Modelos e Inspirações

Bill Hosokawa: Out of the Frying Pan

He sat in his special chair, a blanket covered his knees, the sun warming him. Around him lay the ruins of five newspapers. His morning task was complete now, he had checked on the world. He wanted to see how newspapers covered the same stories. At the end of a remarkable career, he was still the ultimate journalist.

Bill Hosokawa was in the ninth decade of life, his 70th as a journalist. Shortly, he would move to Seattle to live with his daughter. Life began in Seattle 92 years ago, and, like the storied salmon, he would return and ...

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