Lisa Nakamura Nguyen

Born in Canada to a Vietnamese father and Japanese mother, Lisa embraces her 'tridentities' (triple identities). As a fluent Japanese speaker, karaoke lover and wa-shoku fanatic, she is particularly close to her mother's heritage and visits Tokyo often. As a communications professional currently based in Vancouver, Lisa has worked in various fields including public relations, media, education, and international sporting events, including the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Committee.

Updated February 2012

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Vancouver's sushi pioneer leaves giant legacy

For months, news of Aki Restaurant’s closure circulated foodie blogs and tweets, but never from an official media announcement from Aki management. Only a simple message of appreciation to guests hangs outside the doors of the restaurant. As humble as their notice of closure, Aki Restaurant has been a quiet player in the local sushi scene, but its history leaves a profound legacy in Vancouver’s culinary heritage.

After 13 years in the discrete downtown basement location, Aki Restaurant is one of several businesses affected by the 745 Thurlow St. demolition. The clearance is to make way for a 24-storey …

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