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Patricia Wakida

Patricia Wakida

Patricia Miye Wakida is a fourth-generation Japanese American artist, writer and community historian. For the past fifteen years, she has done editorial, curatorial, or development work with numerous cultural institutions such as the Japanese American National Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, Topaz Museum, Densho Project, Heyday Books and has served on numerous non-profit boards. She studied as as an apprentice papermaker in Gifu, Japan and as an apprentice printer and hand bookbinder in Berkeley, California; to this day, she still maintains her own linoleum block and letterpress business, handcarving and cranking out prints on 100-year-old equipment. She lives in the heart of the Fruitvale district of Oakland, California, with her husband and son.

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A before photo of the Tsurutani family at Manzanar by Ansel Adams and an after photo of Bruce, now 76, by Paul Kitakagi Jr.
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Paul Kitagaki, Jr. excavates the almost-forgotten stories of the Japanese American incarceration during World War II. His photographs and oral histories are an attempt to keep the painful, but important memories of that troubled past alive.
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Where to Enjoy Japanese American Culture in L.A.

Japanese Americans have a deep history in Los Angeles. Here are some places and experiences where you can witness the impact the Japanese American community has had on Los Angeles, where both traditions and contemporary cultural experiments thrive.
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