he may have been mr. miyagi to you

but he was uncle nori to me. i hadn’t seen him in years, but it was still very sad to learn that pat morita passed away on thanksgiving.

i grew up knowing we were related to him and being proud because of that. i also knew that roles for asian american actors were sparse, so him being famous for playing a karate master from okinawa with a japanese accent when he was actually born near stockton, ca and raised in southern california was mildly entertaining.

we saw him when we saw most of our other relatives–at weddings and funerals. he even did the eulogy for my grandmother when she passed away in 1984. but we didn’t know he was gone until someone in the family saw it on the news.

he’ll definitely be missed…

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