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My Journey to Discover the Legacy of my Grandma, Yuri Kochiyama


A Powerful Voice

I’ve been so fortunate to have a role model such as my grandma to look up to and inspire me.  Although I don’t think I can ever live up to the magnitude of her activism career and all her achievements, her values and what she symbolizes are what I aim to accomplish.  As a strong and powerful Japanese American woman, she overcame the boundaries of sexism and racism in a time of inequity and demanded respect from everyone she came into contact with.  

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Yuri Kochiyama Speaking at JANM
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Japanese American National Museum Collections Gift of Yuri Kochiyama (99.1.3) 1 b&w image of Yuri Kochiyama holding microphone, addressing group More »

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