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Satomi Shirai: Finding Beauty in Dislocation

Darryl Mori

Artist/photographer Satomi Shirai has found a successful creative path by exploring the feeling of being lost.

Roger Shimomura: Rebel With a Cause

Darryl Mori

“It’s the best life in the world,” Roger Shimomura says, of being an artist.“It’s unpredictable. You can be lucky, unlucky, work hard or not, be crazy or sane, and you have an equal chance to make a lasting mark.”

Behind the Scenes of "Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter"

Darryl Mori

For the artists and museum professionals behind the Smithsonian’s landmark exhibition, a portrait is much more than an artwork. It’s an encounter—an opportunity to meet someone and glimpse his or her world, through the eyes of an artist.

Haunting Beauties: The Art of Audrey Kawasaki


Los Angeles-based artist Audrey Kawasaki was inspired by the manga she read from an early age, as well as by ukiyo-e and Art Nouveau. While studying fine art at the ...

The Artist as Ghost Hunter: Edwin Ushiro and Envisioning Spirits

Darryl Mori

“One girl cried,” says Edwin Ushiro, recalling an audience member’s reaction to his art. “She said it touched her.”

Supernatural and the Salon Pop Series: Engaging Next-Generation Audiences with Art and Pop Culture

Darryl Mori

“The opening was mind-blowing,” says Clement Hanami. “People came out of the woodwork to see this show. We had lines trying to get in and the galleries were packed.”

Timothy Teruo Watters: Following an Artist’s Footsteps

Darryl Mori

“When you walked into (my grandfather’s) house, you saw his paintings hanging like a gallery, you saw stained glass windows he created, you saw wood tables he built and you just smelled art,” says artist Timothy Teruo Watters.

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Uncovering Hidden History: Author Greg Robinson Explores Japanese American Journalism in Pacific Citizens

Darryl Mori

“I was stunned when I started, and to some extent still am, at how rarely this precious source seemed to be used or cited by historians of Japanese Americans, notably those of the war years,” says scholar-author Greg Robinson.

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When Heroes Weren’t Welcomed Home: Author Linda Tamura on Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence

Darryl Mori

“I can still recall the pit in my stomach as I read full-page ads urging Japanese American residents not to return to their community from the camps where they had been exiled,” scholar and author Linda Tamura says.

Giant Robot Biennale 3: Behind the Scenes with GR’s Eric Nakamura

Darryl Mori

“This isn’t just a kid putting in a random group of young artists and ‘taking’ or ‘borrowing’ a great space,” Eric Nakamura says. “It’s much more to me than that. I can do that elsewhere.”

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DMo is a writer based in Los Angeles, specializing in the arts and the nonprofit sector. A Sansei and a native of Southern California, he has written for UCLA and the Japanese American National Museum, where he serves as a volunteer. He currently works in fundraising and external relations for Art Center College of Design.

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