Jean Oda Moy

Jean Oda Moy was born in Washington State and spent the war years in Japan. After the war she returned to the United States to attend college, and eventually combined her studies in Japanese with a career as a clinical social worker. She practiced in Sunnyvale, California for many years, and also traveled frequently to Japan to teach and train counselors, social workers and psychologists. She translated three books from Japanese into English, Tun Huang (1978), Chronicle of My Mother (1982) and Shirobamba:A Childhood in Old Japan (1991), all works by Yasushi Inoue, one of Japan’s foremost writers of the 20th century. She is also the author of Snow on Willow: A Nisei Memoir (2009).

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Nikkei Chronicles #1—ITADAKIMASU! A Taste of Nikkei Culture

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An orderly led George Tanaka to the nurses’ station. His eyes were downcast, his face blank, and he shuffled as he walked down the hall. He looks much older than his forty-six years, I thought. According to his case record, George had been badly injured in 1944 when a bomb exploded near his company’s site somewhere in Italy, and he now had a steel plate in his skull.

It was September 1968 and I had just entered the two-year program of U.C. Berkeley’s School of Social Work. As a psychiatric social work intern, my first placement was at the Menlo …

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