I am a 2019 graduate of Grinnell College and MFA student at the Center of Cartoon Studies. My comics have been published by the Rumpus, Popula, Asian American Writers' Workshop, and Spiralbound. I am Editor-in-Chief of Threads that Connect Us, a comics anthology for AAPI artists.
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, history, and my observations about daily living and my travels. A major theme of my historical comics is giving credit to many unrecognized Asian Americans for their historical contributions and roles in US art, food, agriculture, and other movements. I believe that remembrance is an act of resistance, that recovering lost histories about people of color is essential to shaping how people think of America.
I self published a graphic novel around the history of a Japanese American food retailer named Bill Fujimoto who had a huge role in the history of California cuisine and local farm-to-table movements. You can learn more about it here:
My focus is on nonfiction and historical comics, but I also enjoy creating shoujo and josei inspired comics that explore the beauty of desire, dreams, and identity through diverse women's perspectives.
"In Pursuit of a Better Me," The Rumpus. https://therumpus.net/2020/05/spotlight-in-pursuit-of-a-better-me/
Threads that Connect Us, self-published anthology. Editor-in-Chief. https://threadsthatconnect.art.blog/
"Echoing," Hobart Pulp.
“My Grandparent’s Hawaiian Mangoes,” Asian American Writers’ Workshop. https://aaww.org/hawaiian-mangoes-sam-nakahira/
“Japanese American Chocolate Pioneers,” The Rumpus. https://therumpus.net/2019/12/spotlight-japanese-american-chocolate-pioneers/
“Deconstructing Affirmative Action,” Mochi Magazine.
“My Mother’s Hands,” Mochi Magazine.
“Teaching The Liberal Arts in Prison,” Popula. https://popula.com/2019/10/08/teaching-the-liberal-arts-in-prison/
September 4, 2019
“Sam Nakahira Illustrates the Dark History of U.S. Immigration Policy.” Mochi Magazine.
August 23, 2019
“International Dog of Mystery: Snoopy in Japan.” Popula. https://popula.com/2019/08/23/international-dog-of-mystery/
August 22, 2019
“How Manga Characters Got Their Eyes.” F(r)iction. https://frictionlit.org/how-manga-characters-got-their-eyes/
August 21, 2019
“Japanese American Food Pioneers of California Cuisine.” Asian American Writers Workshop. https://aaww.org/japanese-american-food-pioneers-of-california-cuisine/
“Remembering Lahaina Fried Soup,” Spiralbound. https://medium.com/spiralbound/remembering-lahaina-fried-soup-7814184d6f8f
Bill’s Quiet Revolution, self published.
“Reflections on My Quiet Nature.” The Rumpus. https://therumpus.net/2019/04/spotlight-reflections-on-my-quiet-nature/
March 20, 2019
“George Shima, the Potato King,” Whetstone Magazine Vol. 4.
“College Fashion.” Spiralbound. https://medium.com/spiralbound/college-fashion-5817c15ccb89
“Local Neighborhood Mochi.” Spiralbound. https://medium.com/spiralbound/local-neighborhood-mochi-95eb059e6b56