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Ben Furuta, the Air Force Academy’s First Cadet of Color

Mia Nakaji Monnier


Full Disclosure: How My Ambiguous Looks Mean I’m Constantly Coming Out as Biracial

Mia Nakaji Monnier

Some years ago, an old friend stopped in L.A. for her summer job, driving across the country in a classic car to promote a vacation rental company. I went out to meet her and her driving partner near their rental in Hollywood, and in an act of company-paid luxury ...

A Conversation with Nancy Oda, President of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition

Mia Nakaji Monnier

Nancy Oda was very happily retired when she learned about Tuna Canyon.

Sewing Lessons

Mia Nakaji Monnier

My mom and I discovered the Japanese fabric store together two years ago. Under a blue awning, in a part of town we rarely went, these Japanese-print clothes hung in the window, and we both stopped to admire them. The store gave lessons, so we signed up, and for some ...

My Life with the Anime Nerds

Mia Nakaji Monnier

Last month, I worked at Kinokuniya Bookstore’s booth at Anime Expo for the second year in a row. For two days, I stood in front of a display of posters, phone charms, and T-shirts featuring half-naked manga characters, both female and male. And for two days, I tried not ...

Keiro Addresses Community at Open Meeting

Mia Nakaji Monnier

Each July during Obon, Japanese Americans gather in the Nishi Hongwanji Temple gym to buy udon. Under the basketball hoops, they slurp noodles out of Styrofoam bowls before wandering back into the cooling night to dance Obon odori, pacing ovals in the parking lot, waving uchiwa, those round paper fans ...

Neither One Nor The Other: Why I Love Being Mixed-Race

Mia Nakaji Monnier

I love those parts that seem incompatible but that, in a person, come together.

The Rumpus Interview With Yumi Sakugawa - Part 2

Mia Nakaji Monnier

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The Rumpus Interview With Yumi Sakugawa - Part 2

Mia Nakaji Monnier

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The Rumpus Interview With Yumi Sakugawa - Part 2

Mia Nakaji Monnier

Read Part 1 >>

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I'm a recent college grad and Discover Nikkei volunteer living in LA. I love reading, writing, drinking tea, and exploring my city.

Nikkei interests

  • community history
  • family stories
  • festival/matsuri
  • Japanese/Nikkei food
  • Japantowns
  • taiko

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