Sonia C. Gomez

Sonia C. Gomez is a historian of the modern United States. She earned a BA from Berkeley and a PhD from the University of Chicago. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University working on a book that examines the ways in which ideas about marriage, the nuclear family, and female domesticity shaped Japanese immigration and settlement. 

Updated January 2019

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The Sound of the Japanese Diaspora: An Interview with G Yamazawa

When you first hear G Yamazawa you instantly want to bob your head while carefully listening to his astute observations of the world he inhabits. Yamazawa is a talented poet and rapper of Japanese descent, born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. As the youngest child of Japanese immigrants in a predominantly Black and white city, Yamazawa developed a strong sense of selfat a young age. The track, North Cack, is an homage to the placed that raised him. After spending time in a foster home and grieving the death of his best friend, Yamazawa turned to poetry becoming the ...

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Hapa Music is Black and Brown

Jhené Aiko and the Problem of Multiracial Self-Representation

At the 2018 VH1 Mother’s Day music tribute concert titled, Dear Mama: A Love Letter to Moms, Grammy nominated singer and songwriter Jhené Aiko recited this poem she wrote for her mother, Christina Yamamoto, a woman of African American and Japanese ancestry:

“I found another grey hair today but I was not bothered at all. I feel like I earned it. I’m better, I’m wiser, I’m leveling up overall. I am becoming my mother, my beautiful mother, who taught me with age, comes might. I'm becoming my mother, my beautiful mother, she is love in ...

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