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2016 Program


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Morning Plenary: Transgender Voices


Central Hall

George & Sakaye Aratani Central Hall

George & Sakaye Aratani Central Hall


Plenary Description

Join a plenary of transgender,andnon conforming (TGNC) Nikkei folks discussing their experiences of gender as political, cultural and definitely, as a feeling.


Plenary Speakers


riKu Matsuda (pronouns: he/him, they/them) works for LA County as a Senior Intergroup Relations Specialist in the Department of Community and Senior Services.  On Fridays at 7pm, he hosts a radio program called "Flip the Script" on KPFK 90.7FM.  riKu is honored to take part in Okaeri 2016 and sends big love and appreciation to the planning committee for their hard work!



Elliott Fukui (pronouns: he/him) is a trainer, facilitator, and community organizer with over 10 years of experience in social justice movement work. With Midwest roots and East coast seasoning, Elliott has been organizing both on national and local levels across many different issues and struggles, including reproductive, racial, economic, and gender justice. Currently, Elliott is the Director of Community Engagement for the publicly funded statewide education campaign, Transform California, which works to raise awareness, acceptance, and understanding of Trans and Gender Non Conforming Californians. Elliot is also currently on the advisory board of the Icarus Project, a support network and education project by and for people who experience the world in ways that are often diagnosed as mental illness.


Hoshina Seki (pronouns: she/her) is the president of the American Buddhist Study Center, an active member of the New York Buddhist Church for over 65 years.  She is also a BCA director at large and on the Board of Trustees for IBS (Institute of Buddhist Studies).  Hoshina was the first governing board member and treasurer for the Center for Buddhist Education. She has served as Vice President and District Representative for the BCA Eastern District Council, as well as the chair of the BCA Outreach and Propagation Committee.  Hoshina edited and published “A Spark of Dharma, the life of Rev. Hozen Seki” and manages all of the ABSC publications. Before working full time for the ABSC, she was marketing and sales manager for an Australian based online digital publishing company and sold their digital technology to National Geographic, MIT’s Technology Review, The New Yorker magazine, and other national publications.

Earlier Event: October 15
Opening Welcome and Keynote Speaker
Later Event: October 15