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Aiko Tanaka, shaped by a mobile childhood split between Canada and Japan, developed a deep sense of rootlessness when finally returning to her passport country, Japan. Seeking to establish her own cultural identity, she navigated through various environments. After living in NJ while enrolling in Rutgers University as an exchange student and falling in love with nearby NY, she developed a strong connection to the multicultural environment and felt a sense of belonging as someone who always stood out internally in monocultural environments. Delving into social sciences at both Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto and Rutgers University in NJ, she explored media literacy, understanding its impact on social dynamics and cultural representation. Transitioning to the music industry and immersing herself in creatives, she discovered the power of personal storytelling, leading to the creation of "I Don't Camouflage," a documentary series featuring immigrant artists who call NYC their new home and establishing their own community where they feel at home. This series transitioned her to fully immerse herself as a filmmaker, with focus on stylized, personal, short format storytelling.  Through her platform, Tanaka fosters cultural literacy and empowerment by promoting authentic storytelling and open dialogue in diverse settings, combating cultural ignorance.

2021 NEA Conference Flyer

On June 15th June 21st 2021, Tanaka was part of National Education Association (NEA)'s Conference on Racial & Social Justice  as one of the speakers. 

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