I am a public historian and writer based in Minnesota. My research interests include multi-racial, disability, and women’s history. In addition, I have experience in editing, teaching, and cataloging. I have been researching Japanese American mixed race history for fifteen years and Japanese American disability history for five years. My research encompasses the entirety, but I am focusing on the disabled and mixed race Japanese Americans and their families in the incarceration camps. I am working on picture, middle grade, and adult books about the topics.
Since 2017, I have worked as a fact-checker and writer for the Minnesota Women’s Press, the “oldest continuously-published feminist monthly print magazine in the United States.”
I am also a sub-contractor for research and writing with AWH Architects, using archival material, newspapers, and other primary sources to research for Minnesota History Preservation grant applications.
In 2019, I was awarded the Loft Literary Center’s “Mirrors and Windows” fellowship, “dedicated to mentoring indigenous writers and writers of color to write picture books, middle grade, and young adult literature.” I will be working on a middle grade book about Japanese-American children with disabilities in the incarceration camps during World War II.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, I joined un(der)-employed museum workers, artists, and others to form the Free-Thinking Abolitionists Interpreting Racism (FAIR) Collective to create a (traveling) exhibit about U.S. racism. As a member of the Exhibit Development and Research Teams, I research similar exhibits and accessibility guidelines, create content, and exhibit materials.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, researching genealogy, and collecting coins and stamps.