Kelly Osajima

Kelly Osajima is a Yonsei millennial and the Voter Engagement Manager for Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, the largest civil rights organization in the nation for Asian Americans. In her spare time, she enjoys running, singing and blogging about her harrowing adventures as a twenty-something.

Updated March 2017

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A History of Oppression, a Life of Privilege: What It’s Like to Be 4th Generation Japanese American in the Movement for Social Justice

Most Asian Americans in the U.S. today are immigrants or the children of immigrants, so people are flabbergasted when they find out that not only were my parents born here, but my parents’ parents were born here too. I’m fourth generation, as are a lot of Japanese Americans around my age.

Every previously-held belief about Asians is fundamentally challenged when they meet me.

Do you speak Japanese?

Nope. I took 3 years in high school, but all I got from that was the ability to say “it is raining” (ame ga futte imasu) and “the apple is red ...

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