Mary Sunada

Mary Sunada ha estado casada con John Sunada durante 40 años y tiene dos hijos, James y David. Es una profesora de escuela elemental jubilada que ha trabajado para el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Los Ángeles (LAUSD, por sus siglas en inglés) durante 36 años. Asimismo, es miembro de la Iglesia Budista del Condado de Orange (OCBC, por sus siglas en inglés), del Museo Nacional Americano Japonés y del Centro Nacional de Educación “Go for Broke.” Sus intereses son la pesca, el baile y el viajar con su familia y amigos.

Última actualización en septiembre de 2020

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Nikkei Chronicles #9—More Than a Game: Nikkei Sports

Los cuatro pescadores

Mi última excursión de pesca a High Sierras fue el domingo, 7 de julio de 2019. Esta era nuestra vacación familiar anual alejados de nuestra agitada vida en la ciudad. Nos hacíamos llamar los fishing four (los cuatro pescadores). Mi esposo, John empezó con la tradición de pesca en familia. Él creció pescando en Fresno. Él nunca olvidó la alegría de pescar con su papá. Una vez que sus hijos, James y David, fueron lo suficientemente grandes como para poder agarrar una caña de pescar, él les enseñó cómo pescar en High Sierras. Ahora, esto se ha convertido en …

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Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Kizuna 2020: My Birthday Wish

As I celebrated my 72nd birthday on January 1, 2020 with my family, we greeted each other with Shinnen Akemashite Omedeto Gozaimasu (Happy New Year) and toasted with sparkling apple cider. My family started the day with ozoni (soup with rice cake). Our dining table was full of osechi ryori (Japanese New Year’s Day food) inside two-tier lacquer boxes called jubako. All day long we ate our favorite Japanese foods. My husband would eat his inari sushi, futomaki sushi with renkon (lotus root), gobo (burdock root), and salmon. My oldest son loved sashimi with hot rice …

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Nikkei Chronicles #8—Nikkei Heroes: Trailblazers, Role Models, and Inspirations

A Moment in Time

As I gazed upon my mom’s old wooden hand mirror, I found that time has not been kind to my face. There were noticeable lines across my forehead, wrinkles around the corners of my mouth and dark spots of old age.

Whenever I held my dad’s old broken wrist watch against the windowpane, I noticed that time had stopped at 10:30 a.m. The face on the watch was made of glass which was dome shaped and tinted yellow with age. The numerals on its face were from 1-12, 13-24 by the hour and 5-60 by the seconds. No wrist watch …

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Nikkei Chronicles #7—Nikkei Roots: Digging into Our Cultural Heritage

A Promise

Almost 60 years ago, a promise was made by a girl who was ten years old. I was that little girl and remembered that day very clearly. My best friend, Leslie, came over to play and told me a secret. She said that the man I called “Pop” was not my biological father. I felt hurt and anger towards my mom because I heard it first from a friend. Now, I understood why I had emotions of not belonging, being unhappy, and always feeling lonely. I wanted to know why Mom did not talk about my father. Was he bad, …

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Bringing Dad Home

Returning home in October 2016 from Japan reminded me of how much my dad, Yoneto Nakata, loved me.

Even though his life was cut short, he had accomplished so much.  My dad was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army.  He volunteered for the Military Intelligence Service, a top-secret unit of the Japanese American soldiers fluent in the Japanese language, while his cousins were shipped to Jerome internment camp.

After WW II, Dad met and married my mom, Yaeko Niikura, in Japan, where he worked as a civilian interpreter for Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s government. I was born later …

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