Coming back from the JACL convention in San Jose this month, I am filled with so many feelings: gratitude, increased passion to raise awareness about what Asian Pacific Islander (API) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) families experience, but most of all, I walked away as a mother with more hope in my heart for my children and our community.
First of all, I am so grateful to JACL National and all the people
involved for choosing me as one of their 2014 Biennium honorees. When I
look at those who have come before me and those who were also honored, I
am overwhelmed and humbled to be listed with them. But without my
family and so many others who have supported me, like Priscilla Ouchida,
Bill Yoshino, Stephanie Nitahara, Harold and Ellen Kameya, San Fernando
and Seattle JACLs, I would still be sitting at home wondering how I
could even begin this journey.
As I was meeting with one of the chapters, I realized how JACL...Read More