Sayaka Matsuoka

Sayaka Matsuoka

Sayaka Matsuoka



Race and Identity


University of North Carolina at Greensboro


As a child of immigrants, talking about mental health wasn't a big priority in my family. After going to therapy for the first time in college, I started digging into my mental health issues and have become more aware of how to show up as a better partner, daughter and person in general. Everybody should have the space to prioritize their mental health.

— Sayaka Matsuoka


Sayaka Matsuoka (she/her) is a journalist who grew up at the intersection of her Japanese heritage and the suburban south. She is the managing editor for "Triad City Beat," a weekly newspaper covering the Triad in NC and is also the Diversity Chair for the Association for Alternative Newsmedia, a national organization of more than 100 news media in North America. Using her cultural background, she focuses on issues surrounding race and identity, immigrant food culture, activist art and cultural exchange.


Sayaka received her bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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