Teresa Hagiya



1. My neighborhood and community was farmland.

2. My grandfather farmed in Idaho and California.

3. The threat to one’s personal safety can create unity within a community.

4. My father owned a wholesale produce business.

5. My childhood friends owned farms.

6. My childhood friend’s family worked in the fields.

7. I played in fields surrounding my home.

8. I eat the recommended daily allowances of fruit, vegetables, dairy, and meat.

9. A community derived from fear is scary.

10. My piece safely addresses power, misinformation, and propaganda.


Teresa Hagiya is a third-generation Japanese American and lives in San Luis Obispo, California. She studied art and design at San Jose State University before earning a Bachelor of Science in photography from the University of California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo. In 2001 she earned an M.F.A. from the University of California Santa Barbara. She has exhibited throughout California, most recently at Post gallery in Los Angeles. She has worked extensively with youth at Horace Mann Middle School in San Francisco and is the recipient of several grants including an Abrams Award and California Arts Council grants.


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