Asian American feared dead in London bombings

July 12, 2005

A former Bronx, N.Y., resident who left the country after 9/11 may be among the casualties of the London terrorist bombings.

Mike Matsushita, left the United States for either Australia, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, or Vietnam, according to the New York Daily News. In any event, he had moved to London recently and either moved to the United States as a kid from Vietnam or was born in the Bronx, depending on which story you believe.

Our thoughts are with Matsushita's family and the rest of the victims' families of this horrific event.


Harry Mok

Editor in chief

Editor in Chief Harry Mok wrote about growing up on a Chinese vegetable farm for the second issue of Hyphen and has been a volunteer editor since 2004. As a board member of the San Francisco and New York chapters of the Asian American Journalists Association, Harry has recruited and organized events for student members. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was also a graduate student instructor in the Asian American Studies Department.



I read about him in a local newspaper when I was at Costa coffee in London last week. IIRC, he was a second generation Japanese American, lived in NYC and had a career in finance. Moved to Vietnam to be a tour guide after escaping 9/11. Met his fiancee, who was a Londoner, in Vietnam. Moved to London, and worked as a tour guide in London. They had planned to move away from London as they thought it was too dangerous.
Mike Matsushita left the US for Australia in February 2001, BEFORE the 911 attacks. I am a friend of his I know this as a fact. I moved back to NYC in April 2001 and he had already moved to Australia.
Yeah, both of the stories I linked to seemed a bit fuzzy on the facts and contradicted each other in many instances.