JAPANESE AMERICAN FOOD PIONEERS OF CALIFORNIA CUISINE
Published by the Asian American Writers Workshop, my comic tells the stories of Japanese American farmers and food retailers in California who have changed how Americans eat. These pioneers have improved the quality and taste of American produce and contributed majorly to the development of California cuisine, a food movement in the 1970s that first made Americans see their food in terms of local farm to table movements.
MEETING BILL FUJIMOTO
Meeting Bill Fujimoto is a selection from my larger 96-page graphic novel. My full length comic book tells the story of Berkeley food retailer Bill Fujimoto, who was a major influence on California cuisine and farm to table movements during the 1970s to 2000s. This chapter, Meeting Bill Fujimoto, was featured on Entropy Magazine.
GEORGE SHIMA, THE POTATO KING
Most people do not know of the story of the first Japanese American billionaire, George Shima. With hard work and innovation, he made a fortune off potatoes, even growing 85% of California’s potatoes at one point in his life. Shima also led one of the largest land reclamation projects in California. He truly transformed and advanced the potato industry in California during his time. His story has been largely forgotten in American history and academia, but it is an important one to be remembered. This comic is featured in Whetstone Magazine's Volume 4!