Danielle Yuki Yang

Danielle Yuki Yang is an LA native currently living in the Bay Area studying English at UC Berkeley. She enjoys reading, writing, painting, hiking, baking, and travelling, and of course participating in Japanese American programs and working with Asian American organizations. In the past she has taken part in the Yonsei Basketball Association, Japanese American Optimist Club, and the Rising Stars Program, and has worked with the Go For Broke National Education Center, as well as the Japanese American National Museum. She hopes to continue her writing recreationally or as a contributor to Discover Nikkei as she pursues a possible career in healthcare.

Updated July 2017

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Iced in Paradise - An Interview with Author Naomi Hirahara on her Upcoming Release

Naomi Hirahara, Japanese-American writer and Los Angeles local, is known for her thrilling (and award-winning) mystery novels featuring not only Asian American protagonists, but the culture and communities that have created them. Her next novel, Iced in Paradise, soon-to-be-released September 3 of this year, is no exception. This latest novel introduces readers to Kauai’s very own Leilani Santiago, who recently left behind a relationship and a whole other life in Seattle to return to her family’s business in Waimea Junction. Leilani is just getting used to taking care of her mo…

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Nikkei Chronicles #7—Nikkei Roots: Digging into Our Cultural Heritage

Japanese Hair: A Rambling Exploration of its Cultural, Familial, and Personal Roots

When I enter that “nonki” (as my grandma jokingly calls it) state of being where I sort of zone out of the present time and space, I often find myself ruminating upon the insignificant features of myself. I self-consciously think about the parts of myself I don’t like, which currently is the peeling skin on the back of my legs from a bad sunburn I acquired a couple of weeks ago after entering, you guessed it, my nonki persona, and laying in the 90-degree-hot sunlight too long. More often than not, however, I find myself playing with the hair ends anchoring my somewhat thick…

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Hidden Histories: A Q&A with Filmmakers, Eugene Park and Jason Matsumoto

Hidden Histories Trailer from Full Spectrum Features on Vimeo. As the years have passed, the importance of the Japanese American story as a part of the larger American historical tradition has become more commonly taught, shared, and known. However, what is lost in the changing contextualization of a peoples’ history is the personal, more individual aspect that is so vital to our understanding of groups at a certain time, and at a certain place. Concerning the Japanese American incarceration experience, people today often find themselves in danger of alienating themselves from injust…

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Nikkei Chronicles #6—Itadakimasu 2! Another Taste of Nikkei Culture

In Praise of Konbini Ice Cream

I can remember those thickly hot Kobe days, when my brothers and I sat for hours on tatami mats, sluggishly scratching and slapping at the hot, swollen welts covering our legs. We would trace the patchwork fields indented on our knees and our thighs from the pressure of sitting on bamboo mats for too long, all the while dragging the page of a book to read on, numbly pawing at our Nintendo DS, or maybe even sinking into the couch cushions to stare at the television screen as it frustratingly highlighted Japanese Olympic athletes when all we wanted to see was the good ol’ red, white, blue…

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