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Scott Oki is a retired Microsoft executive and philanthropist. He has probably most touched the lives of readers through his early support of Densho, including his pledge of $1 million to aid in its startup during 1996-2001. More recently, his financial support is acknowledged inside the front covers of numerous seminal Asian American book titles from University of Washington Press as “The Scott and Laurie Oki Series in Asian American Studies.” These titles include “Personal Justice Denied,” (Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians, 1997), “Letters From the 442nd” (Minoru Masuda, 2008), and “John Okada, The Life and Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy” (Frank Abe, Greg Robinson, and Floyd Cheung, 2018).

“Shox” Tokita is a retired career U.S. Air Force navigator and Vietnam veteran who enjoys working out regularly, like playing pickle ball, when gathering in gyms is allowed. His present plans include submitting articles periodically to the NAP, for which he retains “a soft spot.”

Kay Hirai is the founder of Studio 904 Hair Designs - an award-winning hair salon that utilizes innovative concepts to create a win for its employees and customers as well as the community it serves.

Blair Khanal graduated from WSU in June with a degree in journalism and media production. He is currently job hunting from Maple Valley, Washington. In his free time, he enjoys writing stories (both fiction and for journalism) and doing graphic design.

Raechel Kundert is a UW student, an intern at JCCCW, and a newly promoted server at Shiku Sushi. When asked if she could explain the menu in Japanese to Japanese customers, she replied, "Ganbatte setsumei shite mimashou! Dekiru to omoimasu~" [I will try explaining and see. I think I can do it.]

Benjamin Narkmon was the co-president of the Japanese Culture Exchange Club at Bellevue College, which he attended as a high school student. He is now a UW freshman, planning on studying either linguistics or Japanese literature.

With experience in commercial banking, financial management, and as a CPA, Tsuneko Nakatani is passionate about advising individuals and businesses with financial planning, income protection, and wealth accumulation/distribution. She serves as a Financial Services Professional* for New York Life from 2012. She currently specializes in long-term care and retirement/estate planning.

Mikiko Amagai was Managing Editor of the Post from 2001 to 2005. Of her tenure, Mikiko feels that the most memorable articles she wrote were her interviews of the Seattle Nisei veterans—all but one now deceased. She obtained their stories by “just letting them talk.” She published the accounts in both English and Japanese. On November 1, Mikiko returned to Tokyo after 44 years in Seattle.