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What We Experience

We share the untold stories of Asian-American experiences surrounding racism and societal pressures that are often overlooked in our communities. While we share similar experiences, all of our stories are unique. 

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ISSUE NO. 13: What We Experience - NOW PART 2


My beloved, loving Grandfather, Grandpa Jerry

by Kelan Sato

Dear Grandpa Jerry, 


You don’t know how much I miss you and your energy every day. How much I miss your smile and spirit. You lived a good life. You changed so many people’s lives for the better, especially those who are underserved and underprivileged. You made such an impact on the communities around you, and I love you so much. Thank you for everything. 


The Rev. Canon Jerry Shigaki was born on October 21, 1946 in Seattle, Washington. As a third-generation Japanese American born after his family’s incarceration during WWII in Minidoka, Idaho, he decided to spend his life working as a social worker and priest revolving around social justice. He was always striving for a more inclusive, just, and equitable society while also celebrating diversity. Working towards making a change in the world, especially increasing opportunities for those who are less advantaged.

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