Heritage months in the US provide all of us an opportunity to learn more about our colleagues, neighbors, students, and families. In this third blog, ADE is excited to spotlight Dr. Kathy Nakagawa, an Associate Professor at ASU and a lifelong Arizonan with deep roots in South Phoenix.
From the Community
Kathy Nakagawa is an associate professor of Asian Pacific American studies in the ASU School of Social Transformation. Her research explores issues of inequity in education including the relationship between families and schools, parent involvement and school reform, charter schools, family literacy programs, and racial literacy. With Drs. Aggie Noah and Karen Leong, she is also working on the Asian American and Pacific Islander Women's Health Project, which examines issues of sexual and reproductive health in AAPI women and the ways that personal stories, culture, family, and immigration influence health choices. Professor Nakagawa received her doctorate from Northwestern University in Human Development and Social Policy.
In addition to her work at ASU, Dr. Nakagawa is involved in several community initiatives, including serving as the President of the Asian Pacific Community Action (APCA) which focuses on meeting the health-related needs of health-related needs of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander individuals and families residing in Arizona.
In 2018, Dr. Nakagawa’s shared her family’s story with the South Phoenix Oral History Project. From her families’ initial migration to the Valley to their internment to their present-day and longstanding business: Baseline Flower Shop, the Nakagawa family underscores the long history of the AAPI community in Arizona.
South Phoenix Oral History Project: Dr. Kathy Nakagawa
This feature about Dr. Nakagawa was pulled from public sources on the Internet.
The Library of Congress, the National Archives, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Gallery of Art, the National Park Service, and the Smithsonian Institution compiled their primary resources for educators on the Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month’s website.
Asian Pacific Community Action (APCA) was formed in 2002 to meet the health-related needs of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander individuals and families residing in Arizona. Their vision is to inspire diverse communities to seek healthier futures. Their mission is to provide services, advocacy, and education for diverse communities resulting in a healthier and more empowered population seeking good health. https://www.apcaaz.org/
Local First Arizona put together a list of how you can support the various AAPI owned business in Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Tucson as well as general resources to support the AAPI community.
Supporting AAPI Arizona
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