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|Member Since||November 9, 2022|
|Pen Name||Lara Jean Okihiro|
|Bio||Lara is a writer, researcher, and educator of mixed Japanese Canadian heritage. Intrigued by the power and magic of stories, she studied literature and psychoanalysis in university and went on to earn a MA in English Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London (UK), and a PhD in English from University of Toronto (Canada). She has lectured and published internationally on literature, the Japanese Canadian internment, issues of racism and social justice, memory, trauma, and education. Her book, Obaasan’s Boots, a children’s novel based on her family’s experience of state sanctioned removal and dispossession and co-written with her cousin, Janis Bridger, is forthcoming (Second Story Press, October 2023). She is currently completing another book, Lost Objects: Literature and the Dispossession of Incarcerated Nikkei (McGill-Queens University Press).|