Writing Samples

Here are some samples of my writing. I have included a few genres to select from. This page will change from time to time, so keep an eye on it for new updates. Files are available in PDF format. You may download Adobe Reader here.

Articles/Press Releases:

Midwest Japanese Conference :: February 2012 — Japanese Christian conference in Springfield, Illinois.

PR Becomes a Mission :: May 2012 — Interview with Laura Janota of the Roosevelt Review (Roosevelt University).

Remembering Kamaishi :: May 2012 — Alecia and her husband volunteer in Japan after the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Essays:

Kuchisake Onna ::  April 2012 — A terrifying Japanese urban legend and how she describes the gender role shifts in contemporary Japanese society

Tin Roof Shacks and Cinder-blocks :: March 2012 — Reflections on travel to El Salvador in 2010/2011 working with children and construction at Shalom Home.

Whatever You Do, Do Beautifully :: October 2011 — Reflections on travel to El Salvador in 2010/2011 working with children and construction at Shalom Home.

Reviews:

Japan: Its History and Culture :: August 2011– Book review

Aftershocks: Stories from the Japanese Earthquake :: March 2012– Book review

Witness: Disaster in Japan/Japan’s Killer Quake :: March 2012– DVD review

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