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Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Hoping for a Rainbow


We are overjoyed to again feature Dr. Curtiss Takada Rooks in this springtime edition of the Nikkei Uncovered poetry column. Professor and Los Angeles-based creative, Dr. Takada Rooks offers us two wondrous and personal pieces of memory, homage, and hope - inviting us to recall the songs of our families, …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column



To close out 2020 and recognize it as a time of challenge, reckoning and coming together, we are excited to end on a strong and beautiful note with this month's feature. We are happy to host the return to Nikkei Uncovered by Mariko Fujimoto Rooks and, this time, feature Mariko …

Reflections on Being Mixed, but Not Mixed Up


My mother was Japanese. My father was Black (African American). My father was Black. My mother was Japanese. I am Black. I am Japanese. I am both. I am Japanese. I am Black. I am both. 

On Being Japanese American


The U.S. military occupation of Japan following World War II resulted in the largest cohort of Japanese immigration of Japanese to the U.S. since the 1924 Immigration Act. This migration of Japanese women married to U.S. soldiers drastically changed the make up and complexion of the Japanese American community as …

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A 1.5 generation Nikkei, I was born in Japan to a Japanese mom and African American dad and share life experiences with Sansei. Throughout my life I have lived all across the US and in Japan. Living in diverse geographic areas from Alaska to North Carolina, Kansas to California, New England to Texas, Tokyo to Okinawa have shaped who I am and how I see the world.

An avid sport “guy” I played and coached in Japanese American basketball leagues for almost 30 years before injury retired me. Through my daughter Mariko, I coached Sansei Softball, travel softball and high school water polo. Together she and I are die hard UCLA Bruin Softball fans!!! GO COACH I (Inouye-Perez)!!!

As a college professor I teach Asian American Studies and conduct research in multiracial & ethnic identity and BIPOC community based program evaluation in community health & wellness.



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