2008 National Conference » Speakers

Gil Asakawa

Writer, editor, online consultant

Gil Asakawa is a writer, online consultant and author of Being Japanese American (Stone Bridge Press, 2004) and co-author of The Toy Book (Alfred Knopf, 1991). He writes about pop culture and politics from an APA perspective in a blog, Nikkeiview.com, and he is also the Editorial Board Chair for the Japanese American Citizens League’s Pacific Citizen newspaper. He was born in Tokyo to a Hawaii-born Kibei father and an Issei mother from Hokkaido, and grew up around U.S. military bases until the family moved to the U.S. when he was eight years old. From his bi-cultural roots, he has since absorbed American pop culture completely. He began his journalism career as a rock critic for fifteen years, and has been working in online media since 1996. He is a fan of the Japanese American National Museum and visits every time he goes to LA. He’s married to a Yonsei in Denver, Colorado.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 5

The Bonds of Community: Hapa Identity in a Changing U.S.
Gil Asakawa, Writer, editor, online consultant
Dennis Tojo Bambauer
Michelle Tamotsu Trevino, University Counselor, University of Colorado at Boulder
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Location: Capitol 5 & 6, 4th Floor
Topic: Defining, Preserving and Expanding the Community