Chizu Omori

Chizu Omori is a freelance journalist and critic whose work can be found in the Nichi Bei Times and Seattle's International Examiner.

Updated Winter 2009

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Nikkei Heritage

Taste Buds Memory of a Childhood on a JA Strawberry Farm

I don’t quite know what to make of the notion of Japanese American food. What I can talk about is what I ate as a child and as an adult, and how my diet and tastes have changed and how I still eat plenty of foods that I ate as a child. I grew up on farms in Southern California during the pre World War II days. My mother was a Kibei-Nisei, which is to say that she was born here in Oxnard and then sent to Japan for her early education. This was due to the fact that ...

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