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Patricia Wakida

Patricia Wakida is a writer, artist, and bibliophile. She is the editor of two publications on the Japanese American experience, Only What We Could Carry: The Japanese American Internment Experience , and Unfinished Message: the collected works of Toshio Mori , and has served as project director for dozens of other publications on California art, culture, and history. For the past fifteen years, she has worked as a literary and community historian in the state of California, most recently as Associate Curator of History at the Japanese American National Museum, and serves on various non-profit boards including Poets & Writers California, Kaya Press, California Studies Association, and Heyday Institute. Patricia has worked as an apprentice papermaker in Gifu, Japan, and as an apprentice letterpress printer and hand bookbinder in California; she maintains her own linoleum block and letterpress business under the Wasabi Press imprint. She is a Yonsei whose parents were incarcerated as children in the Jerome and Gila River concentration camps.