I am an aspiring writer and scholar living in Kingston, Ontario (traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee), but am originally from Vancouver and its outskirts, in British Columbia (unceded territory of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and sc̓əwaθən məsteyəxw (Tsawwassen) First Nations).
In September 2019, I began The Writer’s Studio Online program through Simon Fraser University, after completing my MA in Socio-cultural Studies of Health at Queen’s University. For my MA, I worked under the supervision of Dr. Jeff Masuda, with support from my colleagues at The Centre for Environmental Health Equity, and alongside the Downtown Eastside SRO Collaborative. My thesis, “Remaining in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside: Complicating Academic Discourse and Activist Praxis”, is an ethnographic work that takes the dead of the Downtown Eastside seriously, as social and political agents who play a critical role in local community organizing and grassroots activism in the neighbourhood.
I owe much of my growth as a person, writer, and scholar to the Downtown Eastside community, who I came to know through my involvement with the Japanese Canadian community, after graduating with a BA in English from the University of Victoria in 2014. I'm gosei (fifth generation) Japanese Canadian and community work has inspired much of my writing, both scholarly and creative.