(Yo! Media)
  • Stories
  • Food
  • Culture

Yo! Media

The story behind the stories...

Our (Short) History

As the world moved into self-quarantine, organizations, families, and individuals began to increasingly feel the side-effects of economic downturn and social isolation. Aspiring to help a community business and facilitate dialogue between individuals and families, Yo! Magazine started publishing articles, presenting recipes, and developing activities.

More specifically:

We began with a series of activity workbooks that were published for children, families, and a Little Tokyo business that was developing new and innovative ways to connect with a quarantined customer base. Realizing there was an opportunity for collaboration around the Japanese holiday, Children's Day, a discussion was hatched that grew far beyond the original scope. Four hours later, the first issue of Yo! Magazine was born.

our mission

Yo! Media presents the under-discussed topics that we believe deserve an honest exploration and related organizations, businesses, individuals, & resources positively impacting those topics. 

Through the questions we pose, the insights we share, and the stakeholders we present, we seek to spur reflection, conversation, and action to contribute to our community’s evolution.

THE Editorial TEAM

Craig Ishii

Origin story at Orange County Buddhist Church. Founder of Kizuna. Cultural enthusiast. Interested in exploring the ins and outs of our community so we can discover our past and pave our future.

View Articles >>

David Kenji Chang

David lives in New York and writes about design, art, and culture for magazines.

View Articles >>

Kerilyn Sato

Keri is a dog mama, semi-accomplished hula dancer, and three-time beer pong tournament champion who has never met a dog she didn't immediately love or a drink she wouldn’t finish.

View Articles >>

Megan Nagasaki

Has a soft spot for community and is fascinated by culture, connection, and authentic storytelling. Marketing professional and social media enthusiast based in Los Angeles.

View Articles >>

Michelle Hirano

Born and raised in Gardena, CA, Michelle has a passion for education, food, social deduction games, and dogs.

View Articles >>

Taylor Weik

An LA-based writer with essays and journalism in Teen Vogue, NBC Asian America, Catapult, and more, Taylor's work focuses on celebrating and exploring Asian American communities and identities.

View Articles >>

Auxiliary Writers

Dina Furumoto

A yonsei constantly trying to bridge their love of community, culture, history, and food together. On the ultimate quest to define what the perfect "Japanese-American" dessert is and an avid lover of carbs, bread, and anything comforting.

View Articles >>

Philip Hirose

Born and raised Los Angeles. Dedicated to continuing a family legacy of community-based business, volunteerism, and activism.

View Articles >>

Timothy Chuman

Second-year Communication Studies major at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Former intern at the Rafu Shimpo, co-founder of Cal Poly’s Nikkei Student Union, and always looking for ways to contribute to the Japanese American community.

View Articles >>