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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...
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Legacy of the Sansei – Living on Sansei Time

Steven Okazaki Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Growing up Sansei wasn’t easy. One summer in 1962, when I was 10, I accompanied my Uncle Yuke and cousin Gary to the neighborhood Japanese American barbershop. I watched with amusement as the barber, Mr. Baba, sheared off my cousin’s hair down to a half-inch, except for an....

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 – Exploring a Possible Legacy of Sansei in Hawai‘i

Clyde Sakamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Legacies are clearest looking back. As Sansei, plainly seeing our generational outcome is probably beyond our reach. From my family, personal, work and community experiences, my “Sansei Legacy guess-timation”...

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,...
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Legacy of the Sansei – Values We Learned From Preceding Generations

Dwight Yoshiharu Takamine Special to The Hawai‘i Herald My late father, Yoshito Takamine, a Nisei, was my role model as I was growing up in Honoka‘a, a rural community on the Big Island. He was the...
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Legacy of the Sansei – Kaua‘i-Born Sansei Share Perspectives On Sansei Legacy

SANSEI LEGACY CAN BE BASED ON SUSTAINABLE ISSEI VALUES Chad Taniguchi Special to The Hawai‘i Herald My issei grandparents from Hiroshima and Ehime-ken were frugal. I remember Ojiichan saved pieces of string and wound them into a ball....
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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...
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Legacy of the Sansei – Perpetuating Enduring Values in Changing Times

JoAnn A. Yukimura Special to The Hawai‘i Herald I feel unending gratitude to the Issei and Nisei, whose hard work, enduring spirit, and commitment to their children and community against great odds have enabled Sansei like...
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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...

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