Writing and Presentations

Marginalized Communities in the Arkansas Incarceration Camps (September 2021)

My poster for the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) 2021 conference on disabled people and mixed race Japanese American families in the Jerome and Rohwer incarceration camps during World War II.

Disability in the Camps (September 2021)

My presentation for the Tadaima 2021 annual pilgrimage about Japanese American disability history and the lives of disabled people in the incarceration camps

Indigenous Japanese, Americans and Japanese Americans (April 2021)

My poster presented at the 2021 Asian American Studies (AAAS) conference about Okinawan and Ainu (indigenous Japanese populations in the south and north), Native Hawaiian, American, and Alaskan and Japanese Americans who intermarried within these communities

Japanese American Disability History (March 2021)

My poster presented at the 2021 National Council of Public History (NCPH) conference about Japanese American disability history, including Japanese American contributions to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990

Unheard Stories: Asian Americans Experiencing Hate (Minnesota Women’s Press, March 2021)

More than 800 participated in the “Unheard Stories: Asian Americans Experiencing Hate” conversation after a hate crime that killed 8 people in Atlanta, including six Asian American women on March 16, 2021

Asian Minnesotan Identities (Minnesota Women’s Press, February 2021)

Many report that their cultural communities value familial interdependence, such as caregiving, establishing lending circles, and sharing housing. Some indicated the difficulty of adapting to the U.S. system of economic individualism.

Japanese Americans and the ADA (AllofUs, November 4, 2020)

The fight of disability rights in the United States has included several Japanese-American citizens who served as local, state, and national officials. Many became involved because of personal experiences, including the mass incarceration and combat during World War II. Yet, their significant contributions to the development of the Americans with Disabilities Act has mostly been overlooked.

Barriers To History: Making History and Historical Research Accessible (March 2020)

My panel for the National Council on Public History (NCPH), which turned into a Twitter conversation which discussed barriers that disabled historians face, accommodations that worked, how institutions working with or for people with disabilities create accommodations, institutional accessibility guidelines, and attempted to discuss how institutions can improve accessibility but received no replies.  

Tapestry (Minnesota Women’s Press, June 2019)

Exploring Japanese American incarceration during World War II and preservation

Two Countries, Two Elder Care Systems (Minnesota Women’s Press, April 2019)

Comparing and contrasting elder care systems and costs between my paternal grandparents in the United Stats and maternal grandparents in Japan.

Diversifying Business (Minnesota Women’s Press, April 2018)

Minnesota’s efforts to increase women-owned business with a spotlight on Wendy Sullivan, WENRICH Property & Development founder and Alice Roberts-Davis is head of the state’s Office of Equity in Procurement.

Gertrude Caton Thompson (Sheroes of History, November 9, 2017)

Biography of Gertrude Caton Thompson, an English one of the few female archaeologists of her time, who invented an excavation technique for archaeological sites and distinguished two prehistoric cultures

Patsy Takemoto Mink (Sheroes of History, September 21, 2017)

Biography of Patsy Takemoto Mink, first woman of color elected to Congress

Pretty Little Pictures: Metadata in Museums (University of Massachusetts Press blog, December 17, 2016)

My experience processing metadata during my internship at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History working on the “Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II” Exhibit