Joseph Tsuboi

Joseph Tsuboi


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B.A. in American Studies and minor in Asian American Studies from Tufts University, 2018

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Japanese American diaspora and contemporary community formation, identity and belonging, family history, critical mixed-race studies, youth organizing

Joseph Tsuboi (he/they) is a second-year MA student in the Asian American Studies Department. His research looks at contemporary youth organizing and community-building practices in Japanese American organizations. For his MA field research thesis, Joseph will work with Vigilant Love (VL), a Los Angeles-based grassroots organization that create spaces for connection and activism against Islamophobia and state violence. Through interviews and secondary literature analysis, he will reflect upon the impacts of VL’s Solidarity Arts Fellowship and VL’s efforts towards solidarity between Muslim American and Japanese American communities. Outside of the academic environment, Joseph stays grounded by practicing yoga, running, and gardening and cooking with his grandmother.


George and Sakaye Aratani Graduate Fellowship, 2022-21
UCLA Asian American Studies Department Del Amo Foundation Endowment, 2020-21
UCLA Graduate Division University Fellowship Award, 2020-21

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