Leslie Ito's JALD Reflections in Rafu Shimpo

Council Leader Leslie Ito, who had just returned from JALD 2017, published her reflections in Rafu Shimpo: 

As a Yonsei raised in the 1980s and 1990s, I grew up trying to distinguish myself as a Japanese American, an identity that felt very disconnected from Japan.

My first trip to Japan was the summer of 1993 during my first year of college. My grandparents felt that the best use of their redress money from the U.S. government was to take my sister and me to Japan and reconnect with our family, culture and motherland. We traveled with 20 other family members from Tokyo to visit our great-grandfather’s home in Fukuoka.

Click here to read more in Rafu Shimpo.