Paul Matsushima

Hi, I’m Paul.

I’m an operations specialist and cultural advocate who creates organizational infrastructure to help nonprofits achieve their missions.

This site hosts all of my writing on race, religion, productivity, business management, and more. It also documents the personal pet projects I’m working on, like woodworking and raising chickens.

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Featured Projects and Articles

Below you will find many of the notable projects I have worked on throughout my career. This includes both in my official jobs and in my extra-curricular activities.
You can also check out my professional resumé.


Children’s Books I’ve Authored

When I’m in J-Town

In this (unpublished) children’s baby board book, join little Shiro as he visits his favorite place in the whole wide world: Japantown!

Thank You Very Mochi

Full of tradition and culture, this imaginative children’s book will “pound” into children’s hearts the importance of family relationships and cultural traditions.

Operations Projects I’ve Developed

Work Management System

Built on Asana.com, this is a presentation of a work management setup for 8+ team members.

Budgeting System

Built on Airtable.com, this ledger has various views for financial reports, including Income Statement (P&L Report), Balance Sheet (shows cash on hand), and monthly expense

CRM Database for Small Organizations

Built on Airtable.com, this CRM database designed for small organizations can house client, customer, and donor information.

Articles on Asian American Topics

Cranium: Japanese American Edition

Trivia, pictionary, origami, and charades – this game has it all! Test out your knowledge of the Japanese American community with this unique take on

The Struggles of Discussing Race in the Asian American Church

My reflections on why it’s difficult to talk about race in the Asian American evangelical church.

Silence: Echoing through the Generations

The Japanese American church must not continue a culture of silence, as it can lead to believing history doesn’t matter, or doesn’t personally affect us,

Finding Common Ground & Discussing Politics at Church

My concerns about the increasing polarization of opinions in American politics and how to have constructive dialogue in the church.

Interesting Interviews

Gaining Margin to Give Back: An Interview with Stephanie Smith

Margin – or the idea of having the room to be and do what you desire and feel called to – was the theme of

Finding Courage as an Artist: An Interview with Roxanne Fulkerson

The union of Roxanne’s calling of visual artistry with her interests and talents didn’t begin to materialize until she turned 57.

Just Getting Started: Nada Jones’s Story

Nada’s calling–which includes fashion, storytelling, and empowering women–didn’t happen right away but through a lifetime of exploration, introspection, personal development, and struggle.

Bringing Hope and Healing to a Broken World: Jason Chu’s Story

Jason is a Chinese American rapper with the mission to “bring hope and healing to a broken world.”

A Lifestyle of Work-Life Balance: Sarah Magidoff’s Story

Sarah runs a graphic design studio, is an Instagram influencer, and has a calling towards a lifestyle of work-life balance.

Myths of Vocation, Volume 3

Many of us carry around a set of dysfunctional beliefs–or “myths of vocation”–about what work and calling are supposed to look like.