Thank You, Uncle Ken, And The 442nd Regimental Combat Team

Finding My Japanese American Heroes I was nine years old when Hideo Nomo joined the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was the first public figure that I ever felt like I could own as a Japanese American. He wasn’t a nerd, he was a jock. He was someone I wanted to be associated with. He gave…

My Letter To Dad (2015)

Hey Dad, Year 11 without you. Here’s what’s going on… I honestly almost forgot it was your anniversary today. It’s the 20th in Japan, so in a way, the actual anniversary really passed by without me knowing it. 5-19-o4. I used to think that date would ruin my life forever, but this year is really…

It Often Gets Worse Before It Gets Better

(Reposted from 2010, Age 24) “This may be uncomfortable for some, but I am going to keep writing about the fear, confusion, and pain of loss and suffering before I talk about the more “feel good” stuff. My reason behind this is, quite simply, because though joy is mingled with sorrow (sorrowful yet always rejoicing),…

The Day My Dad Died

(Reposted from 2010, Age 24) “My friend told me the other day that these posts were really encouraging. He lost his dad in 2003. I asked him for feedback to make them better and he said, “They are great. They are REAL. and thats why I like them. Its great for me because I was…

A Few Days After Dad Told Us He Had Cancer

(Reposted from 2003, Age 17) i guess it’s been a while. a lot has happened in between now and the last time i wrote. Dad has cancer What am i supposed to do with that? i don’t cry. not yet. i’m not sure how i’m supposed to act some people cry and are scared, i’m…

A Son Never Forgets: 13 Lessons From My Last Conversation With Dad

(Reposted from 2010, Age 24) “In the fall of 2003, during football season of my senior year of high school, my dad began to notice a pain in his back. After going in for a scan that revealed a tumor, we discovered that the tumor was cancerous. This news came the day before Thanksgiving, 2003….