Cody Uyeda

Cody Uyeda is currently a law student at the University of Southern California, where he also received a B.A. in English and Communication. In his free time he enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and exploring Los Angeles.

Updated October 2018

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Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest VI

Promise Me You’ll Remember

5:00PM was when the phone call came, telling me you were gone. Engine failure they said. Explosion over the Pacific, just a few miles past the Hawaiian islands. No survivors.

The little apartment we had bought on 2nd street so you could be close to Little Tokyo feels so small now. On my pillow, I stare at a lone hair; yours, I can tell, from its scent of coconut shampoo. From our room, through the door, I can see the window above the kitchen sink, faintly lit by morning light. The shadows that trace around the edge of the sink …

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Nikkei Chronicles #7—Nikkei Roots: Digging into Our Cultural Heritage

Of Food and Identity: My Grandmother’s New Years

Japanese New Years was one of the few traditions that made the jump when my great grandparents, like many others, left Japan for a better future on American soil. My grandmother, the designated New Year’s host for as long as I can remember, always began her preparations several days in advance, so every year my parents, my brother, and I would drive from our Orange County home up to my grandmother’s Los Angeles residence to help her prepare.

For as long as I can remember, New Years was exciting not just because of the delicious food I’d get to eat, …

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