January 2018’s Interpreter of the Month

January 2018’s Interpreter of the Month

Chinatsu Kon – Japanese Medical Interpreter

Chinatsu Kon is a Japanese Medical Interpreter and has worked with LUNA for the past ten years. Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Chinatsu moved to Australia alone at the young age of 17 to further her education. She attended school for music in Australia and later moved to Hawaii to study tourism. She eventually traveled to Indiana and is now working as a Japanese Medical Interpreter with LUNA.

Tell us something you wish more people knew about your culture?

Japanese people don’t talk about or show many emotions, so it’s often difficult to determine if they’re mad, sad, or happy.

What is your favorite thing about interpreting?

I like and appreciate meeting new patients and doctors every day because I like talking to people. The job is very dynamic!

On a deserted island, what three things would you most like to have with you?

Family, friends, and food to survive!

What is your favorite food?

I love any kind of sushi and Japanese food in general. I would eat it every day if I could.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Worry makes nothing!

Please tell us a little extra something interesting?

I am a piano instructor. After working as a Medical Interpreter, I enjoy teaching piano as a way to calm myself and destress. My students make me happy and I particularly enjoys teaching children.

“Chinatsu has a genuine personality and it’s always a pleasure to speak to her. She is always incredibly kind and willing to help with appointments regardless of how far she may have to travel.” – Victor Castillo, LUNA’s Coordinator Manager