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*The term “Nima” comes from combining Nikkei and nakama (Japanese for “colleagues”, or “fellows”, or “circle”).

Nima of the Month

norio (California, United States)

Norio Umezu Hall is a transmasculine Yonsei parent, with a father who immigrated from Japan. He writes for a national non-profit and loves writing, watching films, reading stories, spending time with his family, and stargazing.

Norio became a volunteer writer for Discover Nikkei in August 2021. We look forward to working with him more in 2022!

What do you like about Discover Nikkei?

Learning about the Japanese Latin American Redress Movement as a young adult made me realize I had a limited understanding of what it means to be Nikkei in this world. I love that Discover Nikkei provides more opportunities to challenge my myopia. I think it’s wonderful that there’s a single platform sharing stories about Nikkei people, traditions, and events in so many languages and places.

What made you decide to volunteer for Discover Nikkei?

I decided to volunteer with Discover Nikkei because I support its vision of connecting people across generations through storytelling. Many years ago, I was an officer for the Nikkei Student Union (NSU) at my college. During a discussion about declining participation at NSU events, a fellow member shared they wished leadership would organize more events where we could all learn about our heritage and explore what it means to be Nikkei. I felt angry at the time. I didn’t know how to find information to organize those kinds of events much beyond reading Farewell to Manzanar and Journey to Topaz. (While those are great stories, they only explore a fragment of the Nikkei experience). Being part of the Discover Nikkei team allows me to help build a resource for others who want a kaleidoscopic view of Nikkei communities.

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