Stuff contributed by mkochiyama

"Samurai Among Panthers: Richard Aoki, On Race, Resistance, and a Paradoxical Life" by Diane C. Fujino

Maya Kochiyama

Best known for his dedication to the Black Panther Party, his leadership in the Asian American Movement as one of the founding members of the Asian American Political Alliance, and as a pivotal figure in the Third World Liberation Front, Richard Aoki was one of a kind. Diane Fujino’s ...

A Tree Cannot Survive Without Its Roots

Maya Kochiyama

The person I am today is not necessarily who I will be tomorrow. With each new experience I gain, each lesson I learn, I am constantly growing and evolving, redefining my identity in this world. But the person I have become is deeply defined by my roots.

What's in a Name

mkochiyama

Every summer, Japanese American National Museum volunteers attend a series of Summer Institute for Volunteers (SIV) classes about cultural identity, history of the community, the museum and films. This one ...

Nikkei Community Internship's 10th Anniversary!

mkochiyama

The Nikkei Community Internship (NCI) is an eight-week summer program. Interns are placed at a Japanese American community-based organization in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Areas for four ...

An Unforgettable Beginning

Maya Kochiyama

First of all, I would like to thank my awesome supervisors at the Japanese American National Museum, Vicky Murakami-Tsuda and Yoko Nishimura, as well as all of the warm and friendly staff and volunteers that I’ve gotten the pleasure to meet.  I also want to thank Stacy Toyota, the ...

A Heart Without Boundaries - Part 3

Maya Kochiyama

Read Part 2 >>In December 1960, looking for a bigger home for their six kids, Yuri and Bill moved their family out to a new housing project in Harlem, New York, the epicenter of the newly emerging Civil Rights Movement.

A Heart Without Boundaries - Part 2

Maya Kochiyama

Read Part 1 >>Her life drastically changed the day Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. In President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s infamous words, “a date which will live in infamy.”From that point, she started to question her cultural identity and how the government and the rest of America ...

A Heart Without Boundaries - Part 1

Maya Kochiyama

This is a paper that I wrote for my Intro to Asian American Studies class at UC Berkeley in Fall of 2010. When given the topic: Placing a Biography in the Context of History, I decided to write a biography about my grandma. I have edited this paper slightly to ...

My Journey to Discover the Legacy of my Grandma, Yuri Kochiyama

mkochiyama

This album is a collection of personal pictures as well as pictures gathered from the internet and the Japanese American National Museum archives that I have compiled to illustrate my ...

Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute: At the Heart of South Bay’s Japanese American Community

Maya Kochiyama

The Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute (GVJCI) is a non-profit community organization in Gardena, CA that caters to the Japanese American community in the South Bay of LA. Their mission is to “serve the needs of the local Japanese American community through educational, cultural, and social programs that share the ...

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Hello everyone!

I am the current Discover Nikkei intern this summer at the Japanese American National Museum as part of the Nikkei Community Internship Program.

I'm going into my 3rd year at UC Berkeley as an Integrative Biology Major. I am the Community Service Chair for Cal's NSU and am also a member of the Cal Yosakoi team :)

I love going new places and trying new things, listening to and playing music, dancing at obon festivals, and cooking

I'm looking forward to discovering new ways to give back to my community and learning more about my Japanese American history.

Nikkei interests

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

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