traci kato-kiriyama

traci kato-kiriyama is a performer, actor, writer, author, educator, and art+community organizer who splits the time and space in her body feeling grounded in gratitude, inspired by audacity, and thoroughly insane—oft times all at once. She’s passionately invested in a number of projects that include Pull Project (PULL: Tales of Obsession); Generations Of War; The (title-ever-evolving) Nikkei Network for Gender and Sexual Positivity; Kizuna; Budokan of LA; and is the Director/Co-Founder of Tuesday Night Project and Co-Curator of its flagship “Tuesday Night Cafe.” She’s working on a second book of writing/poetry attuned to survival, slated for publication next year by Writ Large Press.

Updated August 2013

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an homage for Yuri Kochiyama - read at the Los Angeles Memorial for Yuri on August 31, 2014

an homage for Yuri… 


You were 

the first stamp on the letter for the least likely to receive 

the last one to forget a face 

first finger at the light switch

the last one to leave

countless many hold their

“first time I met Yuri”


as if it happened yesterday

before meeting her

i didn’t understand

the meaning

of Star Struck

until my bones shook and

the skin on my arms shrieked

the day she walked in

from a sweltering J-Town afternoon

to rest at Alison’s desk

i was 20 years old

an intern for Karen at …

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Oldest-and-Still-Running-Asian-American Blah Blah Blah...

If you’ve heard about a thing called “Tuesday Night Cafe” you might have heard this line: 

“We’re one of the longest-running, free, public art+community series in Downtown L.A. and the oldest-and-still-running Asian American-run open mic space in the country…”


What does that even mean?

After saying that at a recent TNC celebrating several kick ass LA-based AAPI LGBTIQ organizations, it made me pause and take a look back…

I remember the word way back when —> They said J-Town was dying. It was 1998…but, that was also a constant sentiment throughout the decades after WWII, well before …

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