Darryl Mori

Darryl Mori is a writer based in Los Angeles, specializing in the arts and the nonprofit sector. A Sansei and a native of Southern California, he has written for UCLA and the Japanese American National Museum, where he serves as a volunteer. He currently works in fundraising and external relations for Art Center College of Design.

Updated December 2012

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Tabloid Tableaus: Mike Shinoda and the "Glorious Excess" of Celebrity Lives

As a leading member of the Grammy Award-winning rock band Linkin Park, Mike Shinoda knows something about fame. But he believes that he’s learned the most about fame by studying famous people he’s never heard of. “(While traveling with Linkin Park) I was watching foreign celebrity tabloid shows in London,” recalls Shinoda, who sat down with Swindle Magazine founder Roger Gastman for a public conversation at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM). “The tabloids treated each person like they were the most important person in the world. But I didn’t k…

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Songs and Searching: The Music of Kiyoshi Graves

Beside the blue waters of a Los Angeles reservoir, Kiyoshi Graves found a long-hidden path.It may be years before he learns where it leads. But following it has changed his life. “After having been away for about 10 years, I moved back to Los Angeles in 2002 from Northern California and it was a mixed bag of emotions,” Graves says. “This was after swearing, as a confused high-school dropout in my teens, that I’d never come back. I was also sorting out my voice as a songwriter. Luckily, I met my friend, Sean Hoffman, a guitarist and engineer, and with his help, began…

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Paul Dateh: Hip Hop Virtuoso

On his first day at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, Paul Dateh—who had been studying classical violin since the age of four—abruptly dropped his major in Violin Performance. He enrolled in the Jazz Studies program instead. The change to studying more contemporary forms of music stunned former classmates, friends, and teachers, who seemed convinced that Dateh was throwing away a promising future as a musician. But in the past couple of years, many people have been thinking that Dateh made the right choice. Just how many people? Try 3.3 m…

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A Jockey's Tale: Uncovering the Story of Kokomo Joe

“What initially catches my interest in any story is the story itself—its characters, its setting, its suspense and drama, its connection to events that are much larger than the story,” says author John Christgau. “But the role of the pioneer in sports history—his creativity and determination—is one of the consistent elements in the stories I have chosen to tell.” In his critically praised new non-fiction book, Kokomo Joe: The Story of the First Japanese American Jockey in the United States , Christgau chronicles the life of Yoshio “Kokomo Jo…

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Secret Asian Man: Breaking Barriers with a Comic Strip

Tak Toyoshima’s Asian American-themed comic strip, Secret Asian Man, is now nationally syndicated in major newspapers across the United States. But even with daily, widespread circulation of his strips, which often touch on topics of race relations and diversity, Toyoshima says that there’s a lot about Asian Americans that the general public is still not seeing. “The emasculated Asian male stereotype bothers me a lot,” says Toyoshima. “Not only because it implies Asian guys are not attractive but because it implies we are not capable of anything heroic. Super…

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