Nicholas Turner

Nicholas Turner is studying journalism at Seattle University and writes articles for The North American Post as well as for the Spectator, a campus newspaper. His father was born in Oregon and his mother in Tokyo. His work focuses on international issues derived from his experiences as a mix-raced youth in a globalized world. He hopes to find people who share his experiences.

Updated July 2016

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Interview with Masako Kanazawa

As a journalist—a journalism student, I should say—I interview people almost every day. My job is to tell stories, about the places I go and the people I meet, and to do so in a respectful but honest way. There are good interviews, where the subject gives me everything I need, and much more, and there are bad interviews, where my questions are ignored or evaded and I walk away with nothing. There are short interviews, where I know what I need and I get it quickly, and there are long interviews where I’m bombarded with endless ...

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That Hapa Kid—Part 3

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Touring my own country, in another country

I’ve said in previous articles that I don’t feel I belong in this country, nor do I feel I belong in Japan even though my mother was born there. Certain things remind me of this awkward position, and that I am at once a resident at home and a tourist abroad, using what I know to navigate the new.

When my family goes out for sushi in downtown Portland or when I watch a Japanese drama with my mom after dinner or when I use chopsticks to eat ...

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That Hapa Kid—Part 2

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In June a friend invited me to join her and other members of the Japanese Student Association (JSA) of Seattle University for dinner. I came along and we packed into two cars and made our way down to a Japanese restaurant in the International District.

All of the students that came spoke Japanese in varying degrees, which came as a surprise to me because, well, I had no idea my school had so many native speakers up until I started going to JSA events. Most of them were from Japan, if not of Japanese descent or at ...

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That Hapa Kid—Part 1

Hapa, in Hawaiian, means “part” or “mixed.” It’s typically used to describe a person of Asian or Pacific Islander descent. I heard the word on the first day of my freshman year in college. That night, I met two girls studying in the hallway outside of my dorm room. They greeted me kindly and invited me to join them. Before I even sat down, one of them asked me if I was a “hapa kid.” I asked her what that meant. She explained how, when she first saw me, she guessed that I was part Asian but I was ...

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