Nina F. Ichikawa studied food policy at UC Berkeley and Tokyo's Meiji Gakuin University. Her education also includes working as a restaurant dishwasher, making corsages at her family's 107-year-old flower shop and helping to establish the nation's first high school Asian American Studies program. Her writing has appeared in Grist, Civil Eats, Rafu Shimpo, and Hyphen magazine, where she's also Food & Agriculture Editor.