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The UC Merced Speaker Series for Careers in the Arts & Media brings to UC Merced a diverse group of arts professionals to share with our students their rich experiences, career paths, and life lessons. Each speaker will give a 40-minute presentation on their professional paths, exciting projects, and challenges, to be followed by a 30-minute Q&A. We hope to inspire and encourage our students to explore more varied and expansive career possibilities and opportunities.


Patricia Miye Wakida is an Oakland-based artist, writer, historian, illustrator, linoleum block carver, and letterpress printer. She has worked with numerous cultural institutions such as the Japanese American National Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, the National Japanese American Historical Society, Topaz Museum, Discover Nikkei, and Heyday Books. She serves on numerous non-profit boards. She has edited 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. At the heart of Patricia Wakida’s practice is a deep respect for the power of storytelling, both in its visual and literary forms. She is equal parts hands-on artist and historian, working in community engagement, printmaking, and publishing, emphasizing traditional art practices, myths, and ancestral power. She is a Yonsei whose parents were incarcerated as children in the Jerome and Gila River concentration camps.



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