Lisa Kawamura


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Lisa Kawamura grew up in San Gabriel, CA and received her bachelors and masters at San Francisco State University. She is a faculty in the Communications Department at California State University, San Luis Obispo. She is an activist who has served as a union representative and is a member of Tsuru for Solidarity.

Thematic Summary

00:00:00 - 00:07:00 Kawamura opens with a reflection on growing up in conservative background in San Gabriel and experiencing a political shift when attending San Francisco State University. 00:07:00 - 00:14:00 She discusses the difficult transition to online teaching during COVID-19, both as a professor teaching college and as a parent of a nine-year old attending the third grade online. 00:14:00-00:19:00 Kawamura connects how a background in debate prepared her to be a good union organizer. 00:19:00 - 00:27:00 She shares that two uncles passed away from COVID-19. 00:27:00 - 00:31:00 Kawamura reflects on what the Auntie Sewing Squad has meant to her. 00:31:00 - 00:37:00 She remembers how her grandmother taught her to sew. 00:37:00 - 00:42:00 Kawamura considers herself an activist and has been a part of Tsuru for Solidarity. 00:42:00 - 00:46:00 She closes her interview with her opinions on what next steps can be taken to address the pandemic.

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Nancy Cornejo

Interview with Lisa Kawamura



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