Tessa Watanabe

Tessa Watanabe is a fourth generation Japanese American Muslim woman living in Seattle. She goals in life are to travel the world, learn Turkish, Arabic, and to ultimately have a farm with her Turkish partner.

Updated July 2018

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As a Japanese American Muslim woman, I know the Muslim ban will affect future generations to come

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In the name of God, the Beneficent and the Merciful.

Tuesday morning last week (June 26) a group of activists and allies from groups such as CAIR-WA, Densho, and faith leaders from multiple backgrounds and beliefs converged at the William Kenzo Nakamura building to deliver street-level dissent against the recent SCOTUS ruling regarding the latest Muslim ban. Having attended at short notice, I—a mixed-race, fourth generation Japanese American Muslim woman—did not prepare anything apart from my presence simply being there, but suddenly I found myself with a microphone in front of a crowd, reiterating how ...

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