Sara Kumiko Koike Abiusi

Sara Kumiko Koike Abiusi grew up in Winter Haven, Florida. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. She lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and two children. Sara is a Managing Director at Accenture and is an active member of Ascend, the largest Pan-Asian professional development nonprofit organization in the United States.

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Nikkei Chronicles #4—Nikkei Family: Memories, Traditions, and Values

Round Trip: An American, In Japan During World War II, Comes Home

Masuo John (Matt) Koike was born in New York in 1935 to first-generation Japanese parents, Izumi and Iku, who had emigrated from Japan. Before moving to the United States, Masuo’s father, Izumi, classically trained as a chef in Paris. In the Bronx, Masuo’s parents owned and operated several small restaurants. At a young age, Masuo accompanied his mother to Yokohama, Japan, for an extended visit with his grandparents. Unfortunate circumstances required that his mother return to New York, leaving Masuo to stay with family. In the months to come, Masuo’s older half-brother, Sa…

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