When I first started interviewing my paternal grandmother for my book, I couldn’t believe the stories she told me about her life as a young widow and single mother during WWII and the Korean War. I knew she lived through physical hardships, but I had no idea the extent of her emotional journey while navigating family dynamics, love and loss during those extraordinarily difficult times. I captured some of these moments in my soon-to-be-released book Echoes Across Time.
This is what my grandmother told me shortly before she passed away about her decision to escape from Japan with her son in 1943:
“When your grandfather died at such a young age, I took