Name of AAPI FigureStan Sakai
What is the person’s Asian heritage or ethnicity?Japanese American
Area of Influencethe arts
Date of birth or time period1953
How did this individual make a contribution to their field or to society/culture at large?Stan Sakai created usagi yojimbo in 1984 based on the life of miyamoto musashi in the form of a rabbit. He also collaborated with the teenage mutant ninja turtles(comics and tv). His award winning comic books are enjoyed around the world, and share japanese culture
Why did you choose this person? What about their story speaks to you?Usagi yojimbo was the first comic I really liked. It also taught me about japanese history.
How does this person inspire you?Usagi yojimbo inspired me to make comics, and make me want to go to japan
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Submitted byKai Perkel
City, Statelexington, Massachussets