May (Nakamura) Sasaki

Brick #65   Wall Location  Column: 51   Row: 25

May Kimiko Nakamura Sasaki was born in Seattle, WA in 1935, As a child of 6, she was evacuated with her family to Camp Harmony Assembly Center at Puyallup & later interned at Minidoka, Idaho Concentration Camp. After 3 years, the family returned to Seattle & she continued her education at Bailey Gatzert Elementary, Washington Middle & Garfield High Schools. She enrolled at University of Washington & earned a BA & Teaching Credentials. She married Joe Sasaki and became a teacher in the Highline School District for a year & left to raise 4 children, Pam, Matt, Kim & Becky. She then was hired to teach in the Seattle Schools, earned her M.A. at Seattle University,and became an administrator of staff development for the SSD, then worked 25 years & retired. She was past JACL President(1983), Board Member of University Washington Nikkei Alumni Association(UWNAA)& Education Chairperson for NVC Foundation. Her pastimes include playing the ukulele in the Aloha Band, playing pickle-ball, arts and crafts and karaoke singing. She has 3 grandchildren, Carter, Noelle & Kayla.
She is keenly aware of the importance of teaching about the Japanese American experience in schools and colleges so that such an unconstitutional episode would not be repeated again to any other group of people because of their race.

Assembly Centers
  • Puyallup
  • Minidoka
  • Camp Harmony
Brick Donors
  • Pam Shigaya
  • Becky Fukuda
  • Matthew Sasaki
  • Kim Nakata