Kazuko Ikeda was a Japanese language professor at Pacific University for thirty years and helped to launch the Association for Japanese Teachers in Oregon. She is an ambassador for the Forest Grove Sister City Program with Nyuzen, Japan.
Kinzo Suzuki (1840?-1882?)
Kinzo Suzuki was an early settler of Oregon who arrived in Portland as a political refugee from Japan—an immigration path that was atypical among early Japanese immigrants, who most often came to the United States as laborers. Though he began life in Portland as a servant and lamplighter, Suzuki went …