Simone Momoye Fujita

Simone M. Fujita is a yonsei hapa of Japanese and African American heritage. A native Californian, she attended New York University and obtained her B.A. in Art History with a minor in Asian/Pacific/American Studies. She founded the Biracial and Multiracial Student Association (BAMSA) at NYU and was co-founder of the L.A. Chapter of the mixed race community organization Swirl, Inc. Simone has lived and worked in Los Angeles and New York City since college, and these bi-coastal adventures have cultivated her interests in local history, cultural preservation, and the documentation of art and activism. She obtained an M.L.I.S. from UCLA in 2012 and works as an art librarian at Art Center College of Design. Her writing has been published in Blended Nation (Channel Photographics, 2009) and the anthology Voices of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Experience (ABC-CLIO, 2012). She is on a constant quest for community and the perfect donut.

Updated March 2013

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Little Momo in the Big Apple

Greetings from New York!

Hello, and welcome! My name is Simone Momoye Fujita, and I will be writing a new column for Discover Nikkei entitled Little Momo in the Big Apple. This bi-monthly column will be a series of reflections upon my current and past adventures living in New York City, written from the perspective of a Nikkei, an American, an Asian American, a native Californian, a Japanese American (yonsei), a twenty-eight year old woman, and a hapa all rolled into one – me! These writings will include anecdotes, observations, and musings related to identity, culture, race relations, and Japanese American history, just to name ...

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