Realizing my proximity to a rich history of activism, I chose to depict Japanese American activists and organizers in Los Angeles. The diptychs reflect the unique way each subject has chosen to express themselves and their entry points into advocacy. These images are meant to celebrate the beautiful and unrelenting fight for the most vulnerable communities; they highlight their incredible contributions, past and present, to the civil rights struggle. This original body of work coincides with a project that I am currently developing about my experience as a fourth-generation Japanese American, second-generation Angeleno and the Atomic Café.

Featuring: Mike Murase, Kristin Fukushima, Evelyn Yoshimura, Traci Kato-Kiriyama, Kathy Masaoka, Traci Ishigo, Mia Yamamoto, Nobuko Miyamoto, Sean Miura and “Atomic” Nancy Sekizawa.Grand Park’s Big L.A. Portrait Gallery was projected onto the Los Angeles County Hall of Records every night for 2 weeks.