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The Experience of an NCI Intern During a World Pandemic

Matthew Saito

Everyone can agree that 2020 is a year of unprecedented circumstances. With COVID-19 forcing the world to stay at home, the world as we know it changed forever. With the struggle to maintain business, many companies, organizations, and businesses had to shut down their internship programs for the summer. However, …

Chiyoko Sakamoto, a Trailblazer and Innovator of the Nikkei Community

Matthew Saito

The JABA Legacy Project: Mia Yamamoto—A Leader Who Defined the Nikkei Community - Part 2

Matthew Saito

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The JABA Legacy Project: Mia Yamamoto—A Leader Who Defined the Nikkei Community - Part 1

Matthew Saito

Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

America’s Ugly History of Xenophobia Resurges with COVID-19

Matthew Saito

If there’s anything that COVID-19 revealed, it is that xenophobia never went away; it was just hidden. With the rise of COVID-19 cases, hate crimes targeting Asians have increased after having decreased in the 21st century.

Nikkei Chronicles #9—More Than a Game: Nikkei Sports

A Connection Beyond Basketball

Matthew Saito

For many, the Japanese American basketball leagues are a foundational part of their Japanese American childhoods. It’s a way for Japanese Americans from kindergarten to high school to play basketball and be involved in the Japanese American community. In California, these leagues are organized into two areas. The first area …

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Matthew Saito is currently a third year student at Loyola Marymount University, majoring in Finance and minoring in Philosophy, with an emphasis in Business Law. He plans to go to law school to work in either the civil rights or business law field. This past summer, he was the Nikkei Community Internship (NCI) intern for the Japanese American Bar Association and the Japanese American National Museum. NCI is an internship program designed to allow interns to make their mark in the Japanese American community through their work in impactful projects, meeting of community leaders, and sharpening of professional skills. As an intern, he hopes to help the Japanese American community and gain the skills to make positive change within it in his future career.

Nikkei interests

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

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