John Mitsugi Riley is a Southern California native and appreciates the simple things in life, particularly the outdoors. Oddly enough, he actually enjoys driving and dreams of owning a 1972 Datsun 240Z someday. John also enjoys spending quality time with his girlfriend. 

Faith Leads to Action
By John Mitsugi Riley

Behind barbed wire at the Manzanar War Relocation Center in California, Bill Watanabe entered the world, born with the face of someone who looked like the wartime enemy.

Explanation, Acceptance, and Belonging
By John Mitsugi Riley

On an episode of “Parts Unknown” that took him to Israel, Anthony Bourdain approached a group of Orthodox Jewish men and asked if he too could pray at the Western Wall.

From Closed Fists to Open Hands
by Jenny Wong with John Riley

I USED TO BEAT UP people for other people. I'm not exactly built like a fighter, but people knew I would fight for any reason.

Making Waves in the Ocean of Culture and Tradition
The Story of Frank Emi During the Japanese Internment Camps
By Rachel Tien with John Mitsugi Riley and Kathy Ito

Deru kui wa utareru. “The stake that sticks out gets hammered down. At age 26, Frank Emi (1916-2010) and his family found themselves in Wyoming’s Heart Mountain Relocation Center, over 1,000 miles from their home. Worst of all, the country that had just stripped away Frank’s rights as a citizen was now forcing him to fight on their behalf.

Eat More, Eat Less
Food, Beauty, and Double Standards
by John Riley with Kate Suriyatip

Don’t let that 4’11” frame fool you — Kate Suriyatip, a self-proclaimed Thai-Texan who moved at age nine from Thailand to Texas and now lives in Southern California, can more than hold her own when it comes to food. And yes, she also happens to be my girlfriend.

Get Out of the Boat
by John Riley with Linh Ly

When Linh first became a Christian, she experienced an incredible hunger to grow in Christ.

Martin Luther King Jr.: Portrait of a Peacemaker
An interview with HAK JOON LEE by JOHN RILEY

WHEN IT COMES to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we have a tendency to think we know the full extent of what he did and stood for.