I am a visual artist and writer. I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. In January 2018, I left a long career as a speechwriter and scientist in the Washington, DC area. Six months later, I moved to Eugene, Oregon to live my dream of becoming a full-time artist. In my work, I process my experiences growing up sansei, or third generation Japanese American. My work examines what it means to be Asian and American, while reclaiming my identity as a descendant of a people incarcerated in U.S. concentration camps during World War II. This body of identity work takes on new urgency in this time when we must not look away from systemic racism. My intent is to build shared understandings of the past as present and future. My hope is that these understandings in some small way help us make better choices going forward.