Stuff contributed by DMo

Transpacific Borderlands: Behind the Scenes with Artist Shinpei Takeda

Darryl Mori

“Some people think my work looks like it’s speaking something like a megaphone,” says Shinpei Takeda. “And some people think it is trying to catch something, like a fishnet. Completely different. But I like that it can be both.”

Finding Asian American Family Histories: Genealogist Marisa Louie Lee

Darryl Mori

“I will never forget seeing my great-grandfather’s photograph in his immigration case file,” Marisa Louie Lee recalls. “The moment I opened the folder and saw the spitting image of my grandfather in front of me, I knew it was him. I cried in the research room!”

Mike Saijo: Remaking the Rules Through Art

Darryl Mori


From Beets to the Battlefield: How WWII Farm Laborers Helped the War Effort

Darryl Mori

Museum volunteer and docent James Tanaka thought something was missing from an exhibition and it bothered him.

Driving Diversity: Kyle Larson, First Japanese American to Win at NASCAR

Darryl Mori

In August 2016, Kyle Miyata Larson made sports history by becoming the first Japanese American driver to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series—NASCAR’s top level of racing.

Q&A with Morgen Young, Curator of Uprooted Exhibition on WWII Nikkei Farm Laborers

Darryl Mori

During World War II, sugar was in urgent demand. Beyond its use in food products, sugar beets were converted to industrial alcohol and used in the manufacturing of munitions and synthetic rubber.

Paper and Peace: Seeing Hiroshima's Origami Cranes Through Japanese American Eyes

Darryl Mori

“I always like to tell my friends that every little thing in Japanese culture has some symbolism and meaning,” Richard Watanabe says.

Q&A with Heidi Kim, editor of Taken from the Paradise Isle: The Hoshida Family Story

Darryl Mori


Q&A with Sugar/Islands Artist Laura Kina

Darryl Mori

Artist Laura Kina is one of two artists featured in the new exhibition, Sugar/Islands: Finding Okinawa in Hawai‘i—The Art of Laura Kina and Emily Hanako Momohara.

Making Art That Matters: Sugar/Islands and Stories of Hawai‘i’s History

Darryl Mori

“I am constantly struck by how incredibly brave and committed Laura Kina and Emily Hanako Momohara were to this project and for creating work that comes from such a personal space for which the public can experience,” says curator Krystal Hauseur.

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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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