• Jon Melegrito: Unlearning Racism

    “In my old age, I find that if I do anything worthwhile for the rest of my life, it’s to dedicate myself to making sure that they inherit a world where there is social justice and that there’s a good relationship among races.”

  • Paula Madison: Finding Family and Bridging Cultures

    “I’d always thought that, when it comes to race, there’s more that we have in common than we don’t. And when I found my family, meeting more than 300 of my grandfather’s direct descendants in Guangdong, China, that August of 2012, I knew it to be true.”

  • Mas Matsumoto: Withstanding Change

    “Because the tree’s established, it is able to tolerate, withstand these swings in weather patterns. I like to think it’s the same as people and myself. As I get older I’m a little mature and can tolerate swings and rapid shifts and the changes around me.”

  • Susan Matsuko Shinagawa: Surviving Cancer

    “Throughout the 10-year process of dealing with three cancer diagnoses, I went from not knowing a lot about myself, my body, or how to deal with the medical system to being a strong advocate for myself.”

  • Tess Gerritsen: Shifting Focus

    “I have, maybe, I think 20 to 25 good creative years left to do things. And so this is the time to take a risk. The important thing is to always be looking for something fresh and new and different in your life.”

  • Evan Chan: Facing Obstacles

    “I hurt myself going downhill because I didn’t know the technique and kept running. Now all of a sudden I can’t even walk.But I will overcome that like I overcame the closing of my company. I will finish another marathon and I will go against all the odds.”

  • Sam Adhikari: Pursuing Dreams

    “If you are determined, passionate, and focused on your goals, nothing will stand in your way. It took me almost 10 years to finally join the elite Seven Continents Club at the age of 73.”

  • Dori Shimoda: Giving Back

    “When I hit 50, I decided to backpack through Southeast Asia. I made my way to Laos and saw the incredible poverty there and children who, instead of being in school, were dragging sticks through the mud, mostly without clothes.”

  • Corky Lee: Righting Wrongs

    “Through ‘acts of photographic justice,’ I attempt to educate and illuminate individuals, one image at a time, and to keep that history alive for the next generation, and generations thereafter.”

  • Barbara Lee Shimoda: Championing Children

    “If anything, the best thing I ever did for these children in Laos is that I made them look worthy in the eyes of their family. Here they have superstitions. They believe that once someone is disabled or hurt, they’re bad luck.”