Personal and reported essays investigating cultural identity, anxiety, and art.
What My Name Says About Who I Am, Zora by Medium
On adding Nakaji into my byline, plus stories from other mixed-race and second-generation writers about how their names reflect their identities.
Kokoro Yasume, Exposition Review
On death anxiety, religion (Shinto, Unitarian Universalism), antidepressants, and ritual. Longreads Editors' Pick, Pushcart Prize 2021 Nominee
Crazy Rich Asians made me want to open up to my Asian American community, The Blend
On Crazy Rich Asians, reporting in a close community, and the Japanese American redress movement.
This handmade skirt helps me find the joy in imperfection, HelloGiggles
On moving, feeling like an awkward new kid, and learning how to make clothes by hand.
Comfort Food, Shondaland
On seeking comfort amid anxiety after a racist incident with an old friend.
How a Japanese Reality TV Show About Nothing Became a Global Hit, BuzzFeed
On looking for my motherland in reality TV.
As a Biracial Woman, It's Powerful to See 'The Mindy Project' Explore Identity, Bitch Media
On "coconuts," "bananas," and narrow ideas about how to express your ethnic identity.
What Meeting My Long-Lost Uncle Taught Me About Family, HelloGiggles
On estrangement, ancestral guilt, and finding family across barriers.
MFA's Kimono Controversy Should Spark Deeper Conversation, The Boston Globe
On cultural appropriation, simplistic takes, and wearing a kimono while mixed-race.
The Lifespan of a Promise, The Rafu Shimpo
On law versus ethics, and the auction of artwork from the Japanese American concentration camps.