クリスティ・ヤマサキ

(Christie Yamasaki)

Christie Yamasaki is a fourth-generation Japanese American (Yonsei) from Irvine, California who is currently wrapping up her first year in the Asian American Studies M.A. program at UCLA. She became fascinated with the study of history and empire after learning more about her own grandfather’s experiences being incarcerated at Gila River, later being drafted into the U.S. Army, and finally serving overseas in Occupied Japan. She is very interested in food and food studies and hopes to find a way to incorporate this topic into her thesis project. In the future, she would like to pursue a Ph.D. in history, but in the present, she is trying to create space for herself outside of academia to connect with community and make time for creating more art.

Updated June 2020

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Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

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Over the past several years, Vigilant Love (an organization working towards safety and justice of communities impacted by Islamophobia and violence), has hosted a community Iftar bringing together hundreds of Muslim, Japanese American, and other Los Angeles community members in the spirit of many years of solidarity practice between our communities. This was the first year the program had to be virtual due to Covid-19, but over 170 people still came together for the online breaking of the fast. I had the great honor of working with Vigilant Love’s Solidarity Arts Fellows to collaborate …

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