Busting Racism (January 2022)
About my experience working with the Free-Thinking Abolitionists Interpreting Racism (FAIR) Collective to create a traveling exhibit to teach children five to twelve and their families about racism and how to fight it.
Wartime Incarceration of Deaf Japanese Americans (December 2021)
A post based on Deaf scholar Newby Ely’s “The Wartime Incarceration of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nikkei in U.S. Camps, 1942-1946” and several sources from the National Library of Medicine about WRA policies toward and experiences of disabled Japanese Americans in the incarceration camps.
Japanese Americans and the Americans with Disabilities Act Parts I and II (December 2021)
A slightly updated version of my post for the Disability History Association (November 2020) with a new set of pictures.
Making (Virtual) Conferences Accessible (November 2021)
My post for the National Council on Public History’s (NCPH) History@Work blog about my NCPH 2020 conference panel “Barriers To History: Making History and Historical Research Accessible” (see below) within the broader context of conference accessibility for disabled scholars. Many thanks to the Disabled Academic Collective for its input and support!
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. Here is a link to the main Tadaima 2021 program.
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.
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
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