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Susan Kiyo Ito

Susan Kiyo Ito is my second, adoptive name. My original birth name was Kobi Ikuta. When my parents named me, they wanted me to have a common American name. Susan was one of the most popular names of 1959 and throughout school, I was always on of many Susans. I was given the middle name Kiyo, for my father's sister Kiyo who had died as a college student before I was born. She went to college & died of kidney disease. My father's family did not have enough money to travel to bury her or have a funeral. So she is buried on rthe campus of Ohio Weslyan University. My brother in law recently found it and took a photo. Kyoko Ito it says. The aunt whose name I have but never knew.

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Photo taken and name story provided on September 21, 2014 at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose as a part of Discover Nikkei’s workshop warm-up excercise in conjunction with the More »

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