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Tak Toyoshima  

Creator, "Secret Asian Man" Comic

Tak Toyoshima is the artist/creator of the comic strip Secret Asian Man. Starting as a 2-page monthly in a Boston-based arts magazine, Secret Asian Man became a weekly comic strip for the next six years. In the fall of 2006, Secret Asian Man was scouted by United Features Syndicate (Peanuts, Dilbert, and Boondocks) and developed to launch in July of 2007 to become the first Asian American comic strip since the days of Bruce Lee and Charlie Chan.

Toyoshima is also currently the art director for the award winning alternative newsweekly Boston's Weekly Dig and as well as for the nationally distributed Beer Advocate Magazine.

Toyoshima was born and raised in NYC’s Tribeca on the borders of SoHo, Chinatown, and Little Italy. This breeding ground for creativity and multi-cultural experiences provided a solid foundation for him to become the confused artist he is today.


• What it Takes to Get an Asian American Comic Strip in the Dailies

• Asian Americans in the Mainstream


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Asian Americans in the Mainstream

Asian Americans are an extremely diverse group with very different histories that inform their experiences; however, they do share some common struggles, including stereotyping, an "exoticized" identity, and a culture that seems to openly allow the mockery of Asians in TV, movies, and the media. In this candid keynote, speaker Tak Toyoshima opens up a discussion about the unique challenges that Asian Americans face in mainstream culture as it pertains to visibility, perception, and popularity.

What It Takes to Get an Asian American Comic Strip in the Dailies

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