Kimiko Medlock

Kimiko Medlock is a UX researcher currently living in Seattle, WA. She is a taiko player and occasionally a freelance writer focusing on the Japanese American experience during WWII. She holds an MA in modern Japanese history with a focus on pre-war Japanese liberation movements. 

Updated January 2021

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New Film Paper Chase Tells the Story of Japanese American Media

Japanese and Japanese American newspapers have been faithfully chronicling the history of the Japanese immigrant community since the late 1800s in the United States and Canada. Organizations such as The Rafu Shimpo (founded in Los Angeles, in 1903), among many others, have gathered Japanese American stories and used them to create a sense of connection and to celebrate a shared heritage. Paper Chase (2021), a new full-length documentary by the Zentoku Foundation, tells the story of how these vital, local news organizations rose and evolved since the late 1800s, and the challenges they face today in the age of digital …

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The Incarceration in Context: New book paints the story of JA oppression, incarceration, and resilience

“Why should we care today about events that happened nearly eighty years ago? We should care because there are those today who cite the Japanese American incarceration as ‘precedent’ for “rounding up” others on the basis of race, national origin, and religion, for no justifiable reason. We should care when our government acts in unconstitutional ways.”

— When Can We Go Back to America?, p.xxii

Professor Susan H. Kamei first began pulling together materials for a course called “War, Race, and the Constitution” incarceration at the University of Southern California (USC) in 2017. Those materials, which aimed to immerse undergraduates …

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JANM’s Media Arts Center Spotlight

“There are so many wonderful stories waiting to be told. Just like the ‘junk’ in your parent’s garage that might really be an artifact that could be at home in JANM’s collection, families don’t always realize how valuable and interesting their own stories are. For MAC, we try to capture and preserve these stories to share with new audiences.”

— Evan Kodani, MAC team member

The Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) has been nominated for an LA-area Emmy Award for its recent feature documentary, Masters of Modern Design, which was a …

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Reading Night in the American Village

Author Akemi Johnson is no stranger to the American military presence in Okinawa and its deep impact on Okinawan culture. In her new book, Night in the American Village: Women in the Shadow of the U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa, the author travels through the prefecture in narrative form, conversing with locals and uncovering the nuances and tragedies that abound around the bases that cover over 14% of Okinawa’s main island. Her book is a rare view into the everyday lives of Okinawans near the bases, and the story unfolds as Johnson herself ventures around Okinawa and tells the personal …

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No-No Boy Author John Okada, Rediscovered

I Must be Strong
I know now for what war I was born.
Every child is born to see some struggle,
But this conflict is yet the worst.
For my dark features are those of the enemy,
And my heart is buried deep in occidental soil.
People will say things, and people will do things,
I know they will, and I must be strong.

—John Okada, University of Washington Daily, Dec 11, 1941

John Okada, author of the classic Nisei novel No-No Boy (1957) was a mystery to a generation of readers and historians. After studying literature and writing …

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