Darryl Mori

Darryl Mori é um escritor baseado em Los Angeles e especializado em escrever sobre o ramo das artes e organizações sem fins lucrativos. Ele escreveu amplamente para a Universidade da Califórnia em Los Angeles e para o Museu Nacional Japonês Americano.

Atualizado em novembro de 2011

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

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.

Larson began racing at the age of seven. Today the 24-year-old is already an accomplished professional in racing, having previously won multiple other NASCAR titles. His recent Sprint Cup win was seen as a victory not only for him as an individual driver but also for diversity in the sport. Larson’s mother is Japanese American, and her parents were unjustly incarcerated during World War II in ethnic concentration camps.

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

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.

Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps During World War II is a traveling exhibition produced the by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission. Featuring historical images by noted federal photographer Russell Lee integrated with video content, the exhibition examines how Japanese American laborers became an essential part of the wartime sugar industry.

Discover Nikkei had the chance to engage the exhibition’s curator, Morgen Young, for an interview about ...

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

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

The 15-year volunteer at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in Los Angeles recently returned from a trip to Hiroshima, Japan. The site of the fateful atomic bombing during World War II has become known internationally for its origami cranes symbolizing peace.

Watanabe, who by day is a Professor of Preventive Medicine and Physiology & Biophysics at the Keck USC School of Medicine, had been in Japan for a human genetics conference, and took time out to revisit places ...

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

Heidi Kim is a writer, literary scholar, and editor of the new book, Taken from the Paradise Isle: The Hoshida Family Story.

Taken from the Paradise Isle explores what a Japanese American family experienced during their separation and unjust incarceration during World War II. The book reveals its subject through intimate excerpts from George Hoshida’s diary and memoir, as well as correspondence with his wife, Tamae. Hoshida’s diary includes watercolors and sketches, adding an evocative visual element to the personal accounts.

Discover Nikkei had the opportunity to engage Kim for a brief conversation about the book.

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Q&A with Sugar/Islands Artist Laura Kina

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.

Sugar/Islands explores Japanese American family history and identity through visual art. Kina’s contribution to the show includes a series of striking, ghostly paintings that were inspired by female Okinawan immigrant workers.

Discover Nikkei had the opportunity to engage Kina for a brief conversation about her work.

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DN (Discover Nikkei): I read that you tend to approach your work first with the primary aim of creating a good painting, and ...

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