OkimotoPaul

PAUL M. OKIMOTO (author of his memoir Oh! Poston, Why Don't You Cry For Me?) is the eldest of four children. Along with his parents and sister, Paul immigrated to the United States from Japan in 1937. Two younger brothers were born in San Diego and Santa Anita Relocation Center. The family spent most of the war years in Poston, Arizona, and returned to San Diego after the war. In 1947, the family moved to San Lorenzo where his father was the Issei minister of the local Christian church, then to Pasadena in 1954. He served in the army from 1955 to 1958 as a clinical psychologist. After his military service, he enrolled at UC Berkeley as a chemistry major with the intention of going to medical school. Due to high costs of American medical schools and, by then, the added responsibilities of marriage and fatherhood, he decided to enroll in the University of Bordeaux in France where tuition was $12/year and meals were $0.26. After four years of studying, he decided against a medical career and launched various business ventures including hifi designs, computer paper export to Japan, medical inventions, etc. Paul also taught judo at UC Berkeley for 21 years and plays various musical instruments for pleasure.

Just as his father, Tameichi, refused to follow in the footsteps of his uncle, a high-ranking general in the Japanese Army, Paul resisted the urging of his father to pursue a high profile career. Instead, he chose to pursue interests that afforded him the chance to see as much of the world as possible. His long years of higher education did not bring him a prestigious career, but did afford him a wealth of experience that he shares in his book. (7/2014)

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