Latest from Kathryn Tolbert

A Japanese war bride who overcame an immigration ban with JFK’s help is lost to covid-19

Kimiko Yamaguchi Amato, who was able to come to the United States in 1950 with the help of John F. Kennedy, died last month after testing positive for covid-19.
  • Jul 14, 2020

Betty Jones, who created magic in the kitchen and a ‘do right’ home, dies of covid-19

She learned to cook at the side of her deaf mother. No words were written or spoken.
  • Jun 15, 2020

Margaret Locklear Lerner, a role model in the Lumbee Indian community, died after contracting covid-19

Lerner worked for years at the National Security Agency as a communications analyst
  • May 28, 2020

‘What is democracy?’ During WWII, a Japanese American soldier struggled to answer.

Key Kobayashi was confined to an internment camp before being drafted and sent to Tokyo as a translator
  • Apr 4, 2019

His Japanese birth mother gave him a slip of paper with his father’s name. He didn’t intend to search for him.

A couple of years ago, curious about his Caucasian half, Bruce Hollywood had his DNA tested with an kit. The results were clear.
  • May 15, 2018

He searched for his Japanese birth mother. He found her — and the restaurant she had named after him.

Once he found his birth mother, he learned she named her restaurant Bruce after him, and always believed he would come back to her.
  • May 8, 2018

The Japanese once ruled the Boston Marathon. A war bride’s son recalls the slurs.

Joseph Amato's dad took him to see the Japanese runners in 1966 so he could take pride in his Japanese heritage. Instead the 11-year-old was shamed for it.
  • Apr 15, 2018

When Asian immigration was banned, John F. Kennedy stepped in to help a Japanese woman

A ban on Asian immigration prevented an American soldier from bringing his Japanese fiancee, Kimiko Yamaguchi, home in 1950. This is their story.
  • Apr 12, 2018

She started composting. Who knew red wigglers and worm poop were so interesting?

A mail-order bag of 1,000 earthworms was a real eye-opener.
  • Apr 22, 2017

From Hiroko to Susie: The untold stories of Japanese war brides

They married 'the enemy,' then created uniquely American lives.
  • Sep 22, 2016