This poem was created in memory of my grandmother Tomi “Kachan” Nakanishi. A WWII Nurse and American Camp escapee, Kachan risked her life to protect men, women, and children from the horrors of foreign military abuses during the Battle of Okinawa. She was one of the last surviving nurses, receiving an award of recognition from President Barack Obama in 2016.
Nakanishi-Shankles, Ashley K.
"Kokusai Dori: An Exploration of Food and Politics in
Mānoa Horizons: Vol. 4
, Article 11.
Available at: https://kahualike.manoa.hawaii.edu/horizons/vol4/iss1/11