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Legacy Of The Sansei

Sharing The Sacred Gift

Donn Ariyoshi Special to The Hawai‘i Herald I grew up living with three generations in our household and have fond memories of my grandparents. In elementary school, I attended Fort Gakuen, a Japanese language school, and continued...
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Legacy of the Sansei – Giving Back by Paying Forward

Joyce Sachiko Tsunoda, Ph.D. Special to The Hawai‘i Herald I am a sansei by age and generation on my mother’s side of the family. However, I think I am more of a Sengo Issei — a post-World...

Living The Dream, Ignoring History

Mark Matsunaga Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Sansei have carved a comfortable place in Hawai‘i and America. Maybe too comfortable. Individual Sansei have done very well, earning national stature that transcends ethnicity. Think Ellison Onizuka, Eric Shinseki,...

On Finding Myself As A Sansei

Ken Saiki Special to The Hawai‘i Herald My nisei mother wanted to make sure her four children — all born before or during World War II — would be thoroughly Americanized and not face the same...
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Legacy of the Sansei – Reflections of Past Inspire Confidence in Future

Asa Ige Special to The Hawai‘i Herald As a sansei son of Okinawan parents whose family names are Nagamine and Ige, I am so proud to be 100 percent Okinawan and so very proud of my...

A Time For Re-Engagement

Tyler Tokioka Special to The Hawai‘i Herald If the goal of all immigrants is to become an equal in their new country, then we of Ja-panese ancestry in Hawai‘i have achieved this goal in three generations...
Lorna Onizuka, widow of Col. Ellison Onizuka, delivered a speech at the dedication of the Ellison Onizuka Satellite Operations Facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in July 2010. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Bryan Boyette)

Legacy of the Sansei – From the Depths of Loss

Lorna Onizuka Makes It Through in the Arms of Her NASA Family Catherine Ragin Williams NASA Johnson Space Center Reprinted with Permission Editor’s note: While Googling information on the 1986 Challenger Space Shuttle tragedy a few months ago, I happened across this story by Catherine Ragin Williams of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. If you are....
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The “After the War” Generation

Editor’s note: With the publication of the following essay by recently retired University of Washington professor Dr. Stephen Sumida, we conclude this “Legacy of the Sansei” series. The series, which ran for two years, was conceived of by Herald contributing writer Gail Honda, who also served as its coordinator. The 2016 essays spotlighted the views....
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Legacy of the Sansei – A Matter of Honor

Janet Sato Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Our contributions as Sansei — local kids on Maui from humble beginnings, carving our way through the ’60s and beyond — were cultivated through expectations of effort, perseverance and...
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Legacy of the Sansei – Pursue Your Dreams and Know Your Roots

Ken Inouye Special to The Hawai‘i Herald When I was first approached about writing a piece for this “Legacy of the Sansei” series, I had mixed emotions. My first thought was: “What can I offer to...

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