Wayne Tada

Wayne Tada is a third generation "Sansei" who grew up in San Francisco, and moved to Los Angeles after college graduation. He worked as a Financial Analyst and Corporate Instructor for Blue Cross of California. Now retired after 35 years, he enjoys sports photography and relearning "Nihongo" and getting involved with "things Japanese" within the Japanese American community. His goal is to lend his voice and support to other Nisei and Sansei in keeping the Japanese American heritage alive for future generations.

His current focus is in San Francisco where its Japan Town is threatened by expected commercial real estate development which would remove traces of the Japanese American community that he grew up in during the Post War Years. He has written several articles published in the Nichi Bei Times to advocate the preservation and restoration efforts by the current local population and business interests at large.

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Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

The Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

On March 11, 2011 still another catastrophe (not close to home in America but 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean) defined our lives. On a world-wide stage, Japan reacted to the force of nature and the devastation left in its wake. We who are Japanese by ancestry can understand (and be proud) of the courageous spirit of our relatives, friends and counter-parts in Japan. The human emotions of losing loved ones, homes, and businesses have no ethnic differentiation. But the surge of nature not once by the earthquake but by the intended finishing blow of the Tsunami still could not “take o…

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