Nina Fallenbaum

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Nina F. Ichikawa, formerly Nina Kahori Fallenbaum, is a writer, cultural activist, and former food and agriculture editor for Hyphen magazine, a publication covering Asian-American arts and politics. Her writing has also been published in Nichi Bei Times, Nikkei Heritage,[1] and Civil Eats. She was a 2011-13Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Food and Community Fellow.[2][3]

She worked on the Obama administration's local food initiatives at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and prior to that served as director of programs for Kids First Oakland[4] and the University of California at Berkeley’s Achievement Award scholarship fund, where she led outreach efforts to rural, new immigrant, and Asian American communities and launched cooking programs. In high school, she helped to establish the US's first high school Asian American Studies program.[5]


Ichikawa graduated with a BA from U.C. Berkeley and an MA from Tokyo's Meiji Gakuin University.[2] She lived in rural Japan for four years.


  1. ^ Fallenbaum, Nina (December 27, 2006). "Threads". Nikkei Heritage.
  2. ^ a b "Experts: Nina Kahori Fallenbaum". W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
  3. ^ "Nina F. Ichikawa". Hyphen: Asian America Unabridged. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  4. ^ "Kids First Oakland". Kids First Oakland.
  5. ^ "Nina Kahori Fallenbaum". Hyphen.

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