Matthew Saito

Matthew Saito is currently a third year student at Loyola Marymount University, majoring in Finance and minoring in Philosophy, with an emphasis in Business Law. He plans to go to law school to work in either the civil rights or business law field. Currently, he's the Nikkei Community Internship (NCI) intern for the Japanese American Bar Association and the Japanese American National Museum. NCI is an internship program designed to allow interns to make their mark in the Japanese American community through their work in impactful projects, meeting of community leaders, and sharpening of professional skills. As an intern, he hopes to help the Japanese American community and gain the skills to make positive change within it in his future career.

Updated July 2020

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Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

America’s Ugly History of Xenophobia Resurges with COVID-19

If there’s anything that COVID-19 revealed, it is that xenophobia never went away; it was just hidden. With the rise of COVID-19 cases, hate crimes targeting Asians have increased after having decreased in the 21st century.

Xenophobia is the fear or hatred of foreigners, people from different cultures or strangers.1 It is the dislike or fear of the customs of people culturally different from oneself. It’s important to note that xenophobia is very similar to racism. However, it differs from racism because racism is rooted in the belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits ...

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Nikkei Chronicles #9—More Than a Game: Nikkei Sports

A Connection Beyond Basketball

For many, the Japanese American basketball leagues are a foundational part of their Japanese American childhoods. It’s a way for Japanese Americans from kindergarten to high school to play basketball and be involved in the Japanese American community. In California, these leagues are organized into two areas. The first area is in Northern California, which includes cities such as San Francisco and Sacramento, and the second area is in Southern California which includes Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. This article will compare the experience of Rossten Nakamura and Katelyn Kung, two players in the Northern California league ...

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