Alice Asano Masaki Hoshizaki was born on May 11, 1923, in Waimea, Hawaii. Her mother, Misuno, was a Japanese immigrant to the United States, and her father, Masaichi, was a resident of Kauai, Hawaii.
Hoshizaki attended the University of Hawaii in Honolulu and graduated in 1946. She was in class during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. While Hoshizaki's nuclear family did not face internment during the war, her uncle was detained, and the family fishing boat was confiscated for several years.
Following a car accident, Hoshizaki converted to Christianity, a source of constant tension between her and her family, who were primarily Buddhist. Determined to devote her life to her newly-found faith, she enrolled in the Women’s Missionary Union Training School in Louisville, Kentucky, from which she graduated in 1948. While attending school, she met Reiji Hoshizaki of California, an alum of Baylor University. The two married on May 15, 1948, in Chicago, Illinois.
The couple followed their call to ministry to Japan, serving under the Japanese Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention for over 35 years (1949-1984). All five of their children; Carol (born in 1950), Naomi (born in 1951), Sara (born in 1953), Mark (born in 1955), and Paul (born in 1962); were born in Japan.
After the Hoshizakis returned to the United States and moved to Waco, Texas, they remained active members of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church. Alice passed away on November 22, 2014.
More information about Alice Asano Masaki Hoshizaki can be found in the Alice Asano Masaki Hoshizaki collection at The Texas Collection. This finding aid is currently incomplete. Please e-mail The Texas Collection at email@example.com for more information.