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Yuri Kochiyama (1921–2014)

Yuri Kochiyama was born on May 19, 1921 in San Pedro, California, USA as Mary Yuriko Nakahara. She was married to Bill Kochiyama. She died on June 1, 2014 in Berkeley, California. See full bio »

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 1994 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
Herself - Harlem Activist
- Malcolm X: Make It Plain (1994) ... Herself - Harlem Activist (as Mary Kochiyama)
 1993 Seven Songs for Malcolm X (Documentary)
 1981 Death of a Prophet (TV Movie)

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After the Pearl Harbor attack, her father was arrested by the FBI, and died in prison six weeks later. She and the rest of her family were sent to an internment camp in Arkansas. She was released in 1944 to help run a USO center in Mississippi. It was there that she met her future husband, a member of the highly-decorated 442nd Regimental Combat Team made up almost entirely of Japanese-American ... See more »

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