Traci Kato-Kiriyama

traci kato-kiriyama is a performer, actor, writer, author, educator, and art+community organizer who splits the time and space in her body feeling grounded in gratitude, inspired by audacity, and thoroughly insane—oft times all at once. She’s passionately invested in a number of projects that include Pull Project (PULL: Tales of Obsession); Generations Of War; The (title-ever-evolving) Nikkei Network for Gender and Sexual Positivity; Kizuna; Budokan of LA; and is the Director/Co-Founder of Tuesday Night Project and Co-Curator of its flagship “Tuesday Night Cafe.” She’s working on a second book of writing/poetry attuned to survival, slated for publication next year by Writ Large Press.

Updated August 2013

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an homage for Yuri Kochiyama - read at the Los Angeles Memorial for Yuri on August 31, 2014

an homage for Yuri… 

— 

You were 


the first stamp on the letter for the least likely to receive 

the last one to forget a face 

first finger at the light switch

the last one to leave



countless many hold their

“first time I met Yuri”

story

as if it happened yesterday

before meeting her

i didn’t understand

the meaning

of Star Struck


until my bones shook and

the skin on my arms shrieked

the day she walked in

from a sweltering J-Town afternoon

to rest at Alison’s desk


i was 20 years old

an intern for Karen at ...

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Oldest-and-Still-Running-Asian-American Blah Blah Blah...

If you’ve heard about a thing called “Tuesday Night Cafe” you might have heard this line: 

“We’re one of the longest-running, free, public art+community series in Downtown L.A. and the oldest-and-still-running Asian American-run open mic space in the country…”

What does that even mean?

After saying that at a recent TNC celebrating several kick ass LA-based AAPI LGBTIQ organizations, it made me pause and take a look back…

I remember the word way back when —> They said J-Town was dying. It was 1998…but, that was also a constant sentiment throughout the decades after WWII, well ...

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