Susan Osa

Susan Osa is a marketing/communications professional with experience on projects ranging from print, web/new media, to environmental graphics. She has been a volunteer with the Japanese American National Museum since 2001.

Updated April 2008

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DR. FRANKLIN ODO – Voices from the Canefields

Folk songs are short stories from the souls of common people. Some, like Mexican corridos or Scottish ballads, reworked in the Appalachias, are stories of tragic or heroic episodes. Others, like the African American blues, reach from a difficult present back into slavery and forward into a troubled future.

Japanese workers on Hawaii’s plantations created their own versions, in form more akin to their traditional tanka or haiku poetry. These holehole bushi describe the experiences of one particular group caught in the global movements of capital, empire, and labor during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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Airborne Dreams: Christine R. Yano

During the postwar era in the mid 1950s, in the midst of gender and racial politics, globalism, and cosmopolitanism, Pan Am introduced its “Nisei” stewardess program with the hiring of Japanese American flight attendants for its Tokyo-bound flights. Airborne Dreams: “Nisei” Stewardesses and Pan American World Airways, by Dr. Christine Yano, weaves together the story of Pan Am, America’s premiere airline during this era, and its strategies for expanding and dominating the international air travel, with the recollection and experiences of these “Nisei” stewardesses, who forged their own cosmopolitan identities in the process.

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Becoming American? Reintroducing Issei Artist Yasuo Kuniyoshi

While the incarceration and tragic experiences of Japanese Americans following the attack on Pearl Harbor has been well documented, Becoming American? The Art and Identity Crisis of Yasuo Kuniyoshi, by Shipu Wang, studies and investigates the activities of Americans of Japanese descent outside the World War II camps and the intense pressures with which they had to contend in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. On December 8, 1941, Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1989-1953), an émigré Japanese artist in New York, awoke to find himself an “enemy alien” after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Becoming American? is the first scholarly book in ...

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From Centerfield to Outer Space: Dan Kwong and the Secrets of a Multi-Cultural Performance Artist

With their long hair, multi-cultural ethnicity, and burgeoning artistic talents, Kip Fulbeck was occasionally mistaken for Dan Kwong back in the early 1990s. “I considered this a compliment because Kip’s a real good looking guy!” recalls Kwong laughingly. Today, both are well-established, extremely talented artists, whose paths continue to cross in their works exploring culture and identity, and being Hapa.

Combining eloquence, passion, and a generous sense of humor, Dan Kwong has been described as a “master storyteller” whose performances are noted for its keen insight, striking visuals, and dynamic physicality. He has been performing as a visual and ...

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Ken Mochizuki – Be Water, My Friend

Award-winning author Ken Mochizuki has always been fascinated by storytelling. Born in Seattle, Washington, he grew up in the Beacon Hill area of south Seattle. While attending the University of Washington, he became active in the Asian American movement, working on Seattle’s first Asian American newspaper, Asian Family Affair. After graduating with a degree in communications, he worked as an actor for five years in Los Angeles, including time with the East/West Players, the oldest Asian American theater company in the country.

With his downtime from acting, he spent a lot of time reading, which would set him ...

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