Radical Cram School

March 2, 2021

Kristina Wong is a comedian known for addressing issues of race, gender, and privilege. She is a third-generation Chinese American. One of her projects is “Radical Cram School”—a web series in which she leads discussions about various social justice issues. 

In the feature for this week, Wong introduces activist Mia Yamamoto. Yamamoto is a Los Angeles-based criminal defense attorney and civil rights activist. She was born in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II. “Born doing time” is how Yamamoto identifies the way her own experience makes her able to identify with clients. Her work as a poverty lawyer and criminal defender is a major component in her dedication to social and economic justice. 

Her compassion for the victims of injustice and discrimination was influenced by her family’s experience. But in addition to that, her birth name (Michael) and gender designation did not fit her. Mia’s gender dysphoria was a very lengthy struggle.

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Mia Yamamoto tells her story in a five-minute video.