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Asian American/Pacific Islander Month Keynote - Troy Osaki


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Troy Osaki is a Filipino and Japanese American spoken-word poet and Law graduate from Seattle University. In his poetry he focus on stories of his family's diaspora to honor their efforts and sacrifices in supporting him. He often writes about his grandmother's experience with incarceration during World War II and his grandfather's immigration from the Philippines during Japanese occupation. He sees poetry as a way to keep their legacies alive by sharing his family's stories. He also address race and social justice and believes community power is what it will take to achieve social change. He is very vocal about black, indigenous, and undocumented communities that are targeted with hateful violence by the state through displacement, deportation, and gentrification. As a resident of Seattle he calls out Seattle to rely less on prisons, jails, and the police state and focus more on distributing material resources to marginalized communities such as affordable housing and job opportunities. Troy will be speaking on the important contributions made by Asian Americans and the current issues that affect the AAPI community as well as how we can unite and build strong coalitions across cultures to achieve social justice.