Mariko Rooks

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).

Mariko Rooks

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).

Posts by This Author

Revolutionary BTS

Issue:
March 24, 2021

What might be even more revolutionary than seeing AAPI masculinity on screen is the idea that Asian men—like k-pop boyband BTS—can subvert gendered concepts of beauty and desire altogether.

Hidden Ecologists: The Rise and Fall of Sustainable Agriculture in Japanese American Farming

Issue:
March 24, 2021

Land and micromanagement and precision agriculture techniques are perceived as innovations by environmentalists in the late 20th century. Actually, Japanese American farmers implemented these techniques in the 1900s with remarkable success...until racism intervened. 

A Space for Ourselves: Thoughts from a Black Yonsei

Issue:
March 24, 2021

What is it to be a Black Japanese American? What should I tell you? What should you know?