Darryl Mori

Darryl Mori is a writer based in Los Angeles, specializing in the arts and the nonprofit sector. A Sansei and a native of Southern California, he has written for UCLA and the Japanese American National Museum, where he serves as a volunteer. He currently works in fundraising and external relations for Art Center College of Design.

Updated December 2012

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Faces of Civil Rights, Then and Now: Paul Kitagaki Jr.'s Gambatte! Project

“The faces from the photographs staring up at me as I searched for my family in the National Archives have always haunted me,” Paul Kitagaki Jr., recalls. “I wanted to know the story behind the faces and discover how they survived and created a new life after the war.”

The noted photographer and videographer—a Sansei whose work has been honored with dozens of awards, including the Pulitzer Prize—had family members who had been unjustly incarcerated in American concentration camps during World War II.

“I learned of Executive Order 9066 in my 10th grade history class in 1970,” Kitagaki ...

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Commemorating a Justice Landmark: 30 Years of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988

It took just seconds for U.S. President Ronald Reagan to sign the document. Yet the journey to that moment spanned more than four decades.

The Civil Liberties Act of 1988 was the culmination of a multiyear movement to seek justice for Japanese Americans forced to live in wartime concentration camps solely because of their Japanese ancestry. After Reagan signed it into law, the Act granted reparations of $20,000 and a formal presidential apology to every surviving U.S. citizen or legal resident immigrant of Japanese ancestry incarcerated during World War II.

The act cited “racial prejudice, wartime hysteria ...

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Q&A with Artist Kip Fulbeck: The Continuing Legacy of The Hapa Project - Part 2

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DN: Now that you’re a parent, are the conversations about identity you may have had with your kids similar or different than those you may have had with your own parents? Or a little of both?

KF: Ha! That assumes I ever had a single conversation about identity with my parents! I remember after I did Banana Split (my first film of note) and showed my parents. We watched it together, and afterwards both of them made a point to tell me they had no idea I had struggled as a kid, or got beat up ...

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Q&A with Artist Kip Fulbeck: The Continuing Legacy of The Hapa Project - Part 1

Artist/writer/performer Kip Fulbeck launched The Hapa Project in 2001, photographing more than 1,200 people of mixed Asian or Pacific Islander heritage. His intent was to raise awareness and understanding of multiracial people and to help them (especially children) form positive self-identities. The work led to a landmark book and related exhibition in 2006: kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa.

In the years since, he has spawned multiple books and exhibitions, spoken throughout the U.S. and abroad, and had his work shown in more than 20 countries. In his latest exhibition, hapa.me, on view at the ...

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Transpacific Borderlands: Behind the Scenes with Artist Shinpei Takeda

“Some people think my work looks like it’s speaking something like a megaphone,” says Shinpei Takeda. “And some people think it is trying to catch something, like a fishnet. Completely different. But I like that it can be both.”

For Takeda, bridging disparate perspectives is nothing new. A visual artist and filmmaker who works across a wide range of media—such as film, photography, sound, performance, paint, fiber, calligraphy—he appreciates variety.

But Takeda also brings a distinctive view of the breadth of the world’s different cultures. Born in Japan and living and working in Mexico and Germany ...

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