Artwork Reunites JA Community of Monrovia

Japanese Americans gather with city dignitaries at 300 Cypress Ave., Monrovia.


There were about a dozen Tsuneishis, three Morimoto sisters, three Sakatani sisters, three Asano cousins, Kuromiyas, Nakanos, Satas, Inouye, 98-year-young Ted Hashimoto, 99-year-young Helen Mimaki Munekiyo, and their families and friends.

There were also Monrovia City Council members, Monrovia Historical Society folk, the past mayor of neighboring Duarte, the communications vice president from Irwindale Speedway, and many others to spike up the outdoor party.

The occasion on June 8 was the unveiling of a bronze art piece by Maryrose Mendoza that honors the history of Japanese Americans in Monrovia. It is a “Neighborhood Treasure.”

Steve Baker, the town’s historian, said, “Records show that Monrovia had 71 Japanese Americans in 1920.”