Alan T. Murakami
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald
The Sansei in Hawai‘i leave a mixed legacy in their diminishing historic wake. The authors in this series make me marvel at their contributions to the social fabric of this island ‘äina. They have forged new fabric in the form of literature, art and poetry, and have changed mindsets about the value of AJA contributions to the justice and patriotism of what some refer to as “the greatest generation.”
This Sansei legacy, formed in the turbulent 1960s and 1970s, has left the country — and Hawai‘i, in particular — vastly different from the soft comfort of Sansei childhoods of the late 1940s and 1950s. For the most part, my parents’ generation understood that loyalty to country superseded the simultaneous internment and discrimination of their parents.