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Miyoko Kodama

Miyoko Kodama was born in Seattle. In 1941 she traveled to Japan with her older brother; with the subsequent onset of U.S. involvement in World War II, the siblings were forced to remain in Japan while their parents were sent to Minidoka. In Japan Ms. Kodama and her brother were sent to help farmers with their crops, and then later were assigned to work at a naval base making airplane parts. A few months later the base was bombed, which required them to return to their hometown on Shikoku Island. Ms. Kodama remembers vividly the almost nightly bombings and how the strong winds blew the bombs toward the mountains and saved the town. During the war English was not to be spoken, but afterwards she worked for the U.S. Army to regain her English-speaking skills. In 1953 she returned to live in the United States.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 6

Looking Like the Enemy: A Childhood View [AUDIO]
Satsuki Ina, Ph.D., Filmmaker & Psychotherapist
Miyoko Kodama
Mako Nakagawa, Retired Educator, JACL
Shizue Watanabe


Time: 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Location: Metropolitan A
Topic: Dignity