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Songs and Searching: The Music of Kiyoshi Graves


Beside the blue waters of a Los Angeles reservoir, Kiyoshi Graves found a long-hidden path.It may be years before he learns where it leads. But following it has changed his life.

Paul Dateh: Hip Hop Virtuoso


On his first day at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, Paul Dateh—who had been studying classical violin since the age of four—abruptly dropped his major in Violin Performance.

A Jockey's Tale: Uncovering the Story of Kokomo Joe


“What initially catches my interest in any story is the story itself—its characters, its setting, its suspense and drama, its connection to events that are much larger than the story,” says author John Christgau.

Secret Asian Man: Breaking Barriers with a Comic Strip


Tak Toyoshima’s Asian American-themed comic strip, Secret Asian Man, is now nationally syndicated in major newspapers across the United States.

Faces of a Generation: Brian Y. Sato on Photographing the Nisei in Hawai'i


Many of the most compelling photographs in Brian Y. Sato's collection of portraits were almost never taken.

'The Cats of Mirikitani' — Film Review


Curiosity may have killed the cat. But in the case of The Cats of Mirikitani, a 2006 documentary gem just recently released on DVD, the combination of curiosity and cats results in a beautiful, moving tale of redemption.

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Stories from Little Tokyo: The Woman in the Picture


A chance encounter in the Japanese American National Museum’s store led to a surprising discovery.

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DMo is a writer based in Los Angeles, specializing in the arts and the nonprofit sector. A Sansei and a native of Southern California, he has written for UCLA and the Japanese American National Museum, where he serves as a volunteer. He currently works in fundraising and external relations for Art Center College of Design.



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