Kathy Masaoka

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Kathy Masaoka

Kathy Nishimoto Masaoka lives in Los Angeles, California. Partner of David Monkawa.


  • Studied at UC Berkeley
  • Went to Immaculate Heart High School

Steering Committee

Vigilant Love steering committee, June 2021:

Alex Kanegawa, Carlos Amador, Daren Mooko, Jason Lipeles, Jyotswaroop Kaur, Kathy Masaoka, Hala Dillsi, Hideki Fukusumi, Laboni Hoq Marium Navid Narges Zagub Nat Hayashibara, Omer Sohail, Rabell Afridi. Rino Kodama, Sahar Jahani, Sarah Jacobus, Taz Ahmed, Traci Kato-Kiriyama.

Open Letter to the Biden Campaign on “Unprepared”

Open Letter to the Biden Campaign on “Unprepared” was released May 12 2020.

":Our demands: The country’s greatest priority at this moment is to beat the COVID-19 crisis, and this requires embracing principles of antiracist solidarity and international cooperation. The Biden campaign can and should beat Trump and the GOP with a message centered on our real public health needs and the progressive values that are required to meet those needs. The “Unprepared” ad must be taken down, and all campaign messaging that fuels anti-Asian racism and China-bashing must end. We refuse to allow the Biden campaign to sacrifice our dignity in the name of political expediency."

Signatories included Kathy Masaoka , Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress.

Unity article


Kathy Masaoka contributed an article to Unity, the paper of the Unity Organizing Committee, May 1991.

AA Movement group

Eric Mar, May 1, 1998.



I think this is a Ryan Suda - black lava design, but I could be wrong. [Mooko says the artist is Phloe Pontaoe who did this for Black Lava http://www.blacklava.net/#]

More on the history of the AA Movement group - http://apimovement.com/history/radical-resistance-conservative-times-new-asian-american-organizations-1 — with Emily P. Lawsin, Kathy Masaoka, Mark Masaoka, Glenn Omatsu, George McKinney, D Rikio Mooko, Ryan Suda, Kim Geron, SunHyung Lee, Kye Liang, Scott Kurashige and Michael Liu at UCLA Asian American Studies Center.

Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress

Nikkei for Civil Rights & RedressBoard of Directors, 2002;

Little Tokyo Service Center

Board of Directors, Little Tokyo Service Center, as of 2016;[2]

Japanese American comrades

Eric Mar June 5 2018.


Still thinking about the sudden passing of Pete (Peter Kenichi Yamamoto), his last poems and the joy he got from experiencing Asian American and community arts, his reflections on dialysis and the natural process of aging, his embrace of Thich Nhat Hahn, Marxism, revolutionary struggle and Jtown. Here, Pete was one of the handful of men to support our ‘Comfort Women’ Justice Coalition. He was steadfast as a Japanese American (along with Grace Shimizu, John Ota, Grace Morizawa, Tomomi Kinukawa, Jeff Adachi, Kenji Taguma, Kathy Masaoka & David Monkawa) working to build solidarity within the JA communities and broader Pan-Asian Unity as well!