Phoenix Nakagawa: Winnipeg Centre

Phoenix Nakagawa: Winnipeg Centre

I am currently a third-year student at the University of Manitoba, taking a major in Agroecology and a minor within Entomology. I enjoy looking at agricultural and food production practices of the past and how colonialism changed and impacted agriculture and environmental management for indigenous groups world-wide, including looking at the biodiversity of crops, soil health and degradation, local and regional environmental health and management, and insect pest problems and their control (especially within animal production!). I also enjoy looking at representation and participation of minority groups such as disabled, people of colour, and queer groups within media and film, mostly with representations of minorities within Manga, Anime, and Light Novel mediums in Japan. I am also very interested in the intersection of STEM and Social Science and Humanities, specifically the effects of scientific colonialism and the lack of understanding within STEM field workers of societal and cultural traditions and values. I speak fluent Japanese and am half Indigenous Amami, with my ancestors and family residing on the island of Tokunoshima, Japan. I am also a trans-woman of colour who continues to outwardly speak about the systemic discrimination of institutions for disabled, queer, and people of colour communities.