George Yuzawa

Oral History

Year: 1915-2011


A native of Los Angeles, California, George Yuzawa and his family were interned during World War II at Camp Amache located in Granada, Colorado. This experience later influenced him to play a vital role in the Redress Movement by organizing commission hearings in New York City in 1981. A florist by profession, he introduced the floral industry to the Japanese community and was instrumental in organizing cultural events including the creation of the Cherry Blossom Festival at Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Sakura Matsuri at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Involved in numerous social and political causes, he fought racial discrimination and advocated for aid for senior citizens. Together with his wife, he was a tireless volunteer and leader of the Japanese Christian church, helping to create an active and nurturing community of volunteers to provide aid and support to seniors from other communities and organizations. He also coordinated the renovation of a Japanese burial plot at Willow Grove Cemetery in New Brunswick, New Jersey, which contains the remains of eight Japanese who died in the 1870s and 1880s. He received numerous awards, including the Order of the Sacred Treasure, 5th Class from the Emperor of Japan in 1983.


Source: JAANY

Added Date 03/29/2021