Cultural cache

The Santa Maria Japanese Community Center is ready to share its generational history

By Taylor O'Connor

Growing up, Judy Saki pushed away her Japanese heritage and fought to be “very American,” she said.  “I think part of the reason I was rejecting my Japanese heritage in my younger years was because it felt like I needed to fit a mold or something,” Saki said. “It’s something that really affected me, feeling like I couldn’t embrace my own family’s culture in a positive way, but on the other hand I look Japanese...