Juli Yoshinaga Named 2019 Nisei Week Queen


LOS ANGELES – August 11, 2019 – The Nisei Week Foundation is pleased to announce that Juli Yoshinaga was crowned the 79th Nisei Week Queen at the Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo at its Nisei Week Coronation on August 10. Mia Masae Lopez was named 1st Princess, and Kara Chizuru Ito was chosen Miss Tomodachi by the other candidates. Juli Yoshinaga is 23 years old and graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. She currently works at Warner Brothers Entertainment Group in multicultural marketing. She would like to continue working in her field and one day become a decision maker to ensure that diverse communities are being reflected on the big screen. Her hobbies include cooking with her mother and volunteering for the Japanese American Citizens League. Yoshinaga has chosen Women Make Movies as her platform.

During her speech, Yoshinaga spoke about struggling to find her identity, growing up as a multi-generational Japanese American. Her father is sansei (third generation Japanese American) and her mother is issei or (first generation Japanese American). She went on to say that pivotal experiences like being part of the Nikkei Student Union in college helped her embrace the beauty of being multi-generational and recognize that you can come from different generations and experiences but all still be Japanese American. She is the daughter of Tim and Mifumi Yoshinaga of Rancho Palos Verdes, California, and was sponsored by the Japanese Restaurant Association of America.

Read the full press release HERE.

Read the 2019 Queen and Court bios HERE.