Megumi Yuhara was born in Toyonaka, Osaka and moved to Southern California at the age of two. She is a “Shin Issei”, or a new 1st Generation Japanese American. She studied music at the California State University, Long Beach and currently works as an Administrative/Accounting Assistant and PR/Community Relations at a professional staffing agency. Megumi attended Asahi Gakuen through elementary school and grew up in a traditional Japanese household.
Megumi’s introduction to the community was through the contribution and involvement with the Los Angeles Kimono Club and the Nisei Week Foundation. She actively volunteers with Japanese Restaurant Association of America, Japan America Society, and Japanese American Optimist Club. During her involvement with Nisei Week, Megumi saw the strict separation between the Japanese and the Japanese Americans, often attributed to the cultural misunderstandings and language barriers.
It’s difficult to create a sense of cohesion within the community when there is a language barrier but Japan Alliance looks to overcome that. While our individual backgrounds may differ, our cultural heritage is the bond that should motivate us to want to help the community thrive. Japan Alliance is a group of people who are passionate about preserving the Japanese traditions while also understanding the American aspect of our community.
Megumi’s favorite aspect of the Japanese culture is its appreciation for simplicity—in life, beauty, and functionality.