Special to The Hawai‘i Herald
One year ago, in The Hawai‘i Herald’s 2016 New Year’s edition, I posed the question, “What is the Legacy of the Sansei?” Herald Editor Karleen Chinen suggested that we turn this question into a yearlong series, and she and I came up with a list of Sansei whose thoughts we wanted to seek out. Throughout 2016, I had the honor of contacting the Sansei and inviting them to contribute their views, and the pleasure of collecting their essays and photos to send to Karleen.
The reason I posed this question a year ago was because, to be perfectly honest, I had no clue. I had only observed that in the national press, such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and the countless magazines I subscribe to, Japanese Americans were rarely, if ever, mentioned. I wondered what we were doing since we were virtually invisible in the national media.