Krista Chavez

Krista Chavez is currently an English major at UCLA. She is involved with UCLA’s Asian Pacific Coalition, where she plans on developing an archiving system documenting the organization’s history. Her dream is to become a librarian/archivist of sorts for the Asian Pacific Islander academic community.

Updated July 2011

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A Grandmother’s Legacy

Imagine spending your childhood hearing stories about how your grandmother took over the Statue of Liberty with Puerto Rican activists, or how she was present when Malcolm X was shot in the Audubon Ballroom. Better yet, imagine having a professor gush about the literary brilliance of a play written by your own grandmother.

For college students and Japanese American National Museum interns Maya Kochiyama and Alyctra Matsushita, very little imagination was necessary; both happen to be the granddaughters of two celebrated Japanese American community activists—human rights advocate Yuri Kochiyama and artist/playwright Wakako Nakamura Yamauchi. 

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Upon meditating on …

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