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My Two Aunt Karens

Kyra Karatsu

The name “Karen” has grown to symbolize many things in the recent year. Specifically, it’s become a sort of slang to describe an entitled, conceited woman who cries out for a store’s manager when things don’t go her way. From making a scene at the gas station to harassing teenagers …

Nikkei Chronicles #10—Nikkei Generations: Connecting Families & Communities

Grammy-nominated Flutist Ron Korb on his Journey to Japan

Kyra Karatsu

There’s a glint of pure excitement in the eyes of Grammy-nominated flutist and composer Ron Korb as he begins to open up about his experiences in Japan. “Every single day, there was some new thing, some exciting little thing,” he reminisces, “It was never boring. I just loved every minute …

We Hereby Refuse: The Illustrated Stories of Camp Resistance

Kyra Karatsu


Nikkei Chronicles #10—Nikkei Generations: Connecting Families & Communities

Oh, Bachan, How Your Garden Grows

Kyra Karatsu

The longer my father and I navigate the Inglewood Cemetery, the more comical it becomes.

Zoom & Zoni: How the Nikkei Community Celebrated the New Year

Kyra Karatsu

To put it simply, Oshogatsu looked a little bit different this year.

The Commodification of Asian Americans

Kyra Karatsu

It is strange to be a commodity.

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Kyra Karatsu is a Japanese-German Yonsei who grew up about an hour from Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo -- a site that she frequently visited with her Nisei and longtime JANM volunteer grandmother, Mary. Kyra is a second-year Communications major at College of the Canyons and works to develop OER materials and Zero Cost Textbooks in her college's Online Education department. In addition to school and work, she enjoys writing for Discover Nikkei and the Rafu Shimpo.

Nikkei interests

  • community history
  • family stories
  • festival/matsuri
  • Japanese/Nikkei food
  • Japantowns
  • taiko

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