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ARTIST BIO

I am a 2019 graduate of Grinnell College, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, and Gilder Lehrman History Award recipient. This fall, I start my MFA at the Center of Cartoon Studies. My comics have been published or are forthcoming by the Rumpus, Whetstone Magazine, Asian American Writers' Workshop, and Popula.

Since I was a kid, I would read comics, manga, and graphic novels all day long. Just as my favorite cartoonists and artists have done for me, I aspire to draw stories that transform readers' worlds, perspectives, and thoughts.

I write about things that interest me: food, pop culture, comics, history, and my observations about daily living and my travels.  A major theme of my historical and nonfiction comics is giving credit to many Asian Americans for their historical contributions to the US.  As a fifth generation Japanese American, I believe in paying my heritage forward, telling the stories of those who came before me, the Asian immigrants who endured discrimination and hardship to ensure my generation's security and opportunities.

I self published a graphic novel around the history of a Japanese American food retailer named Bill Fujimoto.  You can learn more about my process of creating a historical graphic novel as an undergraduate here: https://www.grinnell.edu/news/love-comics-and-history?fbclid=IwAR2o6A1L3sF1fzWB-bIpe-xPRvKfpSHh8CzS5EeiQqCp5PbEVkNEwMsx6t0

 and here: https://entropymag.org/the-new-comics-sam-nakahira/