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Roll for Initiative! Let's talk Id(&d)entity

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June 28, 2020

Dungeons & Dragons is back and its players are more diverse than ever. In this article we explore how Japanese American players navigate the fantasy world, D&D's problematic past, and what they've learned about themselves along the way.

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Expectations & Reality for Legacy Family Businesses in the JA Community

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May 20, 2020

When it comes to family-owned businesses in the Japanese American community, expectations are high. Here's what that pressure is like for the next generation.

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For You/Me/Us Page: Identity Building Through TikTok

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June 13, 2020

How is the Nikkei community represented on TikTok, and how will digital identity- and community-building affect our current generation?

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Speak Your Truth

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May 1, 2020

Being Japanese American, I grew up with the expectations of not being a “burden” to other people, and living in the pandemic has sometimes felt like treading in deep waters without rest. 

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Allez Allez Allez!

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June 15, 2021

Whether you learned to ride yesterday or have been riding for decades, own a beach cruiser, BMX, fixed gear, road or recumbent bike, are 10 or 60, I hope to inspire you to get out and ride.

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My Journey to Minidoka

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June 15, 2021

Park Ranger Kurt Ikeda shares his love of national parks and the legacy he carries on at Minidoka as a Japanese American.

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Sea You Underwater!

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June 15, 2021

As COVID shut down businesses and prevented us from laying out at the beach, I turned to spearfishing in Hawaii.

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Changing the Tides on Mental Health

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May 9, 2021

Learn more about the Changing Tides (CT) Crew, which consists of 6-8 AAPI young adults who strive to destigmatize mental health and create safe and accessible spaces for the community.

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My Fantastic Voyage into the World of Dance Music

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March 5, 2021

The title says it all. Plus, I included a little mix that I think you'll enjoy.

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An Ode to Hair

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May 20, 2020

Hey, come and check out this bowl cut.

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How Asian Beauty Helped Me Normalize Self-Care as a Man

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January 30, 2021

It took me a long time to accept myself. Asian beauty standards for men in K-drams and K-pop groups gave me comfort.

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Hearing (And Sharing) Our Grandparents' Stories

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June 11, 2020

Deep down, we know it's important to make an effort to hear our grandparents' stories, but starting those conversations can sometimes be challenging. Here's another reminder that it's definitely worth trying.

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Chasing the Japanese Whaling Fleet as a Japanese American

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September 25, 2020

My experience chasing the Japanese whaling fleet as a Japanese American ocean activist led me to realize that we can't approach conservation issues without also considering the historical, racial, and geopolitical context that comes along with them.

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Finding Home at School

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May 23, 2020

Enjoying school can be hard when you feel like you don't belong. There are many factors that impact how much an individual enjoys school, but one that looms large is the demographics of the school.

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Infographic - Are the Kids (Going to Be) Alright?

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May 20, 2020

Automated employment is looming, human education is in danger. This infographic explores how we can develop critical "human" competencies for the future success of our kids.

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What is your JA Personality Type?

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August 22, 2020

Are you Lakers or Clippers, Sansei Dad or Gen Z? At obon, are you an eater or a dancer? Take the quiz, share the quiz, have a good laugh!

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Are the Kids (Going to Be) Alright?

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May 20, 2020

Employment, socializing, and life itself is evolving at an exponential rate... education is not. What do our kids need to truly be prepared for this rapidly changing reality?

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Identity Crises for the Gold

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July 11, 2020

Though deciding which team to cheer for during the Olympics may seem like a no-brainer to some, it can be more complex if your family is tied to multiple countries. One mixed-race writer shares his story.

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Creating a Sense of Community in Idaho

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May 1, 2020

When you don't fit in with the majority's culture, it is difficult to find your voice. Learn how one person is rooting themselves back to Idaho and creating a sense of community.

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Diaspora: An Infographic

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May 20, 2020

Where exactly is the Japanese diaspora? Check out our visual depiction of where the Nikkei community has settled around the world.

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