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"Where are you from" and other questions

In the U.S., ‘Where are you from’ can be a loaded question. It took me a while to realize this. It could range  from : a) genuine curiosity about your origins b) ignorance  about who you are  OR c) An arrogant assumption that you are an ‘outsider,’ even if you are more ‘native’ than the person who asked you this question. 739 more words


Densho - Japanese American History - YouTube Channel

This week I’m spotlighting a YouTube channel called Densho. I discovered Densho while searching for videos on Japanese internment.

Densho is a treasure trove of historical information and case studies, with the “evacuees” speaking for themselves. 165 more words

100 Race & Ethnicity

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

Wow.  This novel was incredible!  A murder trial brings back memories of how World War II tore apart friendships and relationships in a tiny island community.  399 more words

Nikkei incarceration and Episcopal faith

Several young adults of color (and one white person, certainly by mistake) were asked to speak to a small gathering of Episcopalians at General Convention this week to share our stories on the intersections of “faith, race, and justice.” Here is roughly what I shared.  1,167 more words


Toyo's Camera (Junichi Suzuki, 2009, 98 mins)

Born in Japan in 1895, Toyo Miyatake came to the U.S. in 1909.  As an adult, he set up a photo studio in the Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles, and in the 1930s became famous for photographing Michio Ito’s dance troupe. 1,625 more words


Sites of Internment and Surveillance Hidden in the New American West

The mosaic of ethnicities in the United States both appears so inclusive and diverse that the state’s sanctioning of the forcible spatial segregation of one ethnic group –Japanese Americans–almost seems impossibly remote in time and culture.   6,263 more words

Data Visualizations

Tokio Sukiyaki House and Frank Tanaka

This article was written for the Statesman Journal and published Sunday May 3rd.  It is reproduced here with citations and additional images for reference purposes. 1,467 more words