Five Questions I Always Ask

Jill Kunishima


As a fun project, I decided to create a piece called "Five Questions I Always Ask" wherein I've chosen Asian women all over the country who I find fascinating or interesting. I will continue to update the responses as they come in.

Joyce Kunishima, I teach pregnant minors and I'm a Mom
Age: 55
1. If you were a type of fruit, what would you be and why?
A peach-because it's my favorite
2. What is your favorite food?
Sour cream coffee cake and Dreyer's strawberry frozen juice bars
3. What is your favorite saying?/Is there a saying you guide your life by?
"Everything happens for a reason" and "It could be worse"
4. If money was no object, what would you do for the rest of your life?
Live on a beach in a huge house with my family, travel all over the world, and house as many abused dogs/animals as possible
5. What/who was your first love?
Neal M. in college at UC Berkeley


Cindy Nakashima, Mom and Academic
Age: 36
1. If you were a type of fruit, what would you be and why?
Nectarine: a mixture of plum and peach (hapa fruit)
2. What is your favorite food?
I love food so much- carnitas burritos, cheese and baguettes, tempura sushi, chocolate etc.
3. What is your favorite saying?/Is there a saying you guide your life by?
"Be excellent to each other" and "Party on, dudes!"
4. If money was no object, what would you do for the rest of your life?
Hang out with my family and have fun (plus the occasional shopping spree!)
5. What/who was your first love?
My family- I have a great family.


Jenny Sit, Reporter
Age: 22
1. If you were a type of fruit, what would you be and why?
Durian-why? Because those things stink. Can seriously hurt someone with their stickers, but to those in the know, durians are a delicacy
2. What is your favorite food?
Anything that goes with rice. Wait, in fact, my favorite food is rice, baby. Rice.
3. What is your favorite saying?/Is there a saying you guide your life by?
It's worth doing if it'll make a good story at a party someday- that's how I judge what I ought to or ought not do.
4. If money was no object, what would you do for the rest of your life?
I'd live out in the woods with my boyfriend, grow a huge organic vegetable garden, raise livestock and read all day.
5. What/who was your first love?
A boy I met in high school.


Patty Wakida, Book Publisher, Writer, Illustrator
Age: 32
1. If you were a type of fruit, what would you be and why?
After much deliberation and discussion with friends and foes alike- I think I'd settle on a pomegranate. Multiseeded, richly jeweled in color, tart and nourishing.
2. What is your favorite food?
Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Living in Japan for 3 years taught me that I cannot live without burritos, picante! Its that chicano that lives in the shadow of my heart.
3. What is your favorite saying?/Is there a saying you guide your life by?
"The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit." (Nelson Henderson and "The curly haired come from hell." (Burmese proverb)
4. If money was no object, what would you do for the rest of your life?
Build a treehouse and make books amongst its branches. That, or open a "candy bar" for all day suckers.
5. What/who was your first love?
The very first love I had was a 45 record called 'Pata Pata' (a side) by Miriam Makeba. I kept all of my 45s- the hula songs, Japanese lullabies, Zappa parodies and OMD alike-in a tidy carrier that was embellished with elaborate gold scribble patterns. So good for the gym party, the slumber soirée, come rain or shine, I had my 45s-sweet,mini,mysterious disks of delicious vinyl. One is reminded of licorice- that oily, black confection.


Wakako Yamauchi, Writer
Age: 78
1. If you were a type of fruit, what would you be and why?
If I had to be a fruit, I'd choose the California Navel orange because that's the fruit I love to eat- juicy and sweet and meant to be devoured over a sink.
2. What is your favorite food?
Chinese chicken salad. Chinese food in general.
3. What is your favorite saying?/Is there a saying you guide your life by?
"Do the best that you can with what you have" and "Follow your bliss"
4. If money was no object, what would you do for the rest of your life?
Just what I am doing now-enjoying the years left to me.
5. What/who was your first love?
My mother is my first love. My second love is the Nisei boy who sat behind me in kindergarten.

 

(And yes, I realize this is not a conversation, but there was no other place to put it!)