ケイラ・タナカ

(Kayla Tanaka)

Kayla Tanaka is the 2019 Nikkei Community Internship intern at the Japanese American Bar Association (JABA) and the Japanese American National Museum (JANM). Over the summer she has primarily been interviewing and researching people who have made impacts in the Japanese American community. She is currently attending the University of California, Riverside and is going into her fourth and final year.

Growing up in Torrance, CA always gave her a place to blend with the JA community, but it was not until this internship opportunity that she got a chance to dive deeper into her family and cultural background. She has a sincere appreciation for the opportunities and knowledge that LA’s JA community (and leaders) have provided for her. In the future, Kayla hopes to pursue a career in law where she hopes to have a positive impact on different minority communities.

 Updated July 2019

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Nikkei Chronicles #8—Nikkei Heroes: Trailblazers, Role Models, and Inspirations

A Full Immersion in Today’s LA (Area) Japanese American Community

Being of only Japanese ancestry and growing up in the South Bay (Torrance) I have never questioned whether or not I belonged to the Japanese American community. My generational identity is that I am Yonsei (fraternal) and Shin-Nisei (maternal), which put me in situations where I am more “Japanese” tha…

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Judge Holly J. Fujie, an Inspirational Woman Who Was Herself Inspired by Japanese American History and Community

Ambition, motivation, dedication, and determination are just a few words that describe a trailblazing woman like Judge Holly J. Fujie. Growing up in West Oakland did not allow Judge Fujie to have much interaction with the Japanese American community; however her early exposure to a predominantly Black neighborh…

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Tad Nakamura, His Life and FSN 1972

Los Angeles’s Japanese American community has always been ‘home’ to filmmaker, Tad Nakamura. Growing up in West LA and playing basketball with other Japanese American children is where Tad felt that he truly had a sense of belonging. Being involved with the Japanese American community from a you…

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