Born and raised in New Orleans, Brooke recently spent six years living in Osaka, Japan before relocating to Southern California. She spends her free time pining for okonomiyaki (Osaka-style, of course) and onsen. You can find her writing on CNBC Global Traveler, Culture Trip, GaijinPot, and in her secret diary.View Articles >>
Hiro Edeza studies history, Asian American studies, and museum studies at San Francisco State University. As he actively serves in JA non-profits, he hopes to continue his work in the historical preservation of under-represented communities after he receives his bachelor's degree.View Articles >>
Kevin Onishi was born and raised in San Jose, where he continues to be an active member in the Japanese American community. He currently works and lives in Los Angeles, where he is the Director of Programs for a nonprofit that advances the quality of life for older adults. In his free time, Kevin gets daily Victory Royals on solos in Fortnite.View Articles >>
Kim Yamasaki is the founder of reclaiming abundance, a Christian lifestyle and wellness company for supporting the lost and found to heal, transform, and breathe their God-given purpose to life through decluttering + reorganizing | yoga + nutrition | and wellness coaching.View Articles >>
Fourth generation Japanese American born and raised in Hawaii. Marketing professional, working at Central Pacific Bank – a full-service financial institution founded in 1954 by Japanese American WWII veterans who helped families buy homes and start small businesses to build a life away from the plantations.View Articles >>
Shin-Nisei educator by profession and poet by passion. Raised in the South Bay of Los Angeles, living a semi-spud kind of life in Idaho with his beloved wife April. Kurt preserves the legacy of the WWII incarceration as the Acting Chief of Interpretation and Education at Minidoka National Historic Site.View Articles >>
Lisa Aihara is a visual artist and writer based in Los Angeles. A mom of two, Lisa draws (pun intended) inspiration from her own life, her sense of humor, playful art style, and her knack for storytelling to create an emotional connection. Find her online at www.lisaaihara.com.View Articles >>
Mariko is from San Jose and enjoys volunteering with SJ Japantown-based organizations, giving back to the community she grew up in. She loves pub trivia, murder mysteries, crossword puzzles, video/board/tabletop rpg gaming, and is an avid collector of both polyhedral ttrpg dice and mugs.View Articles >>
Mariko (she/null) is a mixed race Black Yonsei who calls Little Tokyo home, though she's currently pursuing a joint BA/MPH at Yale in ethnic studies and public health. You can find Mariko talking, writing, and researching with USA Water Polo, Changing Wxman Collective, Discover Nikkei, and more (if she's not at Fugetsu-Do).View Articles >>
Chicago yonsei turned Los Angeles nonprofit executive with a passion for building the Nikkei community nationwide. Avid advocate for social justice and mental wellness to undo systems of oppression. Mother to a senior pomchi, sourdough starter, and the occasional succulent.View Articles >>
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