Please join us for the closing of Okaeri with some storytelling from Ryka Aoki.
Ryka Aoki (pronouns: she/her) is a writer, performer, and professor who has been honored by the California State Senate for for her “extraordinary commitment to free speech and artistic expression, as well as the visibility and well-being of Transgender people”. In 2013, Ryka was honored as a member of the “Trans 100 List” as one of 100 groundbreaking trans advocates in the U.S, and named as one of “11 Trans Artists of Color You Should Know in 2013” by the Huffington Post. She was a charter member of the Transgender Advisory Committee for Asian Pacific Islanders for Human Rights (APHIR). Ryka has as an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University and currently teaches at Santa Monica College and Antioch University. Ryka Aoki is a two-time Lambda Award Finalist and the author of Seasonal Velocities, He Mele a Hilo (A Hilo Song) and Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul.
Sean Miura (See Friday Welcome for Bio)
Come out and let loose and have fun at Okaeri’s Dance Party. Get an opportunity to mingle with other attendees, eat, drink (if 21+), and celebrate the Nikkei LGBTQ community. DJ Akiko will be spinning sick tunes ‘till 10pm!
Deeply passionate about Turntablism, Akiko (pronouns: she/her) dedicates her life to the DJ Arts. AkikoLUV is a bonafide “skratch nerd”. Active in the L.A. and Online DJ battle scene, she trains tirelessly, and looks forward to continuing her competitive career. Her battle resume includes placement in the 2016 “Bay Area” and “L.A.” DMC, and selection for the 2015 S.D. RedBull3Style competition. Akiko’s technical, yet playful mixing is what makes her style so unique and fun as a crowd rocking specialist. AkikoLUV’s eclectic musical selection, sliced with quick mixing and cuts, leave your hearts dancing and yearning for more.