Mariko Fujimoto Rooks

Mariko Fujimoto Rooks is a mixed race Japanese American and African American first-year student at Yale University, where she studies public health. She serves as an Student Coordinator for Yale's Asian American Cultural Center and an Executive Board Member for Yale's Black Solidarity Conference. A native of Culver City, California, Mariko served as a panelist at the Smithsonian's 2016 National Youth Summit at the Japanese American National Museum. She is also a longtime participant and counselor for the Japanese American youth leadership organization Kizuna. In her spare time, she plays water polo for Yale's intercollegiate club team.

Updated January 2018

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Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Open

Happy 2018, folks! Upon entering a new year, we put forth the theme of “open” to writers Mariko Rooks, a Culver City native who is currently studying at Yale, and Pogo Saito, now based in Nyssa, Oregon. Their pieces here explore critical openings between self and the things we want to let go of or draw nearer - there is challenge and reflection felt throughout...enjoy.

—traci kato-kiriyama

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Mariko Fujimoto Rooks is a mixed race Japanese American and African American first-year student at Yale University, where she studies public health. She serves as an Student Coordinator for Yale’s Asian American ...

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