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Behind the Art of Miné Okubo

Sharon Yamato

How appropriate that on the 75th Anniversary of Miné Okubo’s pioneering graphic memoir, Citizen 13660, hailed for its groundbreaking account of the WWII incarceration by a Nisei held in camp, the Japanese American National Museum would present an exhibition drawn from its own impressive collection of Okubo masterworks. When the …

The Radicalization of a Poet and a Pastor: Diane C. Fujino on Nisei Radicals Mitsuye Yamada and S. Michael Yasutake

Sharon Yamato


Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Giving Thanks During COVID

Sharon Yamato

What began last March as a few months of social distancing has now turned into the prospect of long-term isolation as COVID19 increases at a staggering rate. As a proud member of the senior population considered “high risk,” I can personally attest to the stresses and strains of home confinement.

Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

EO9066 vs. COVID-19

Sharon Yamato

I’ve been struggling with what more to say about the pandemic now known as the worst disaster of our lifetimes. I don’t ever remember feeling this fearful and uncertain about the future, particularly knowing as infection and death statistics grow with steady predictability, this highly contagious virus will most certainly …

Tule Lake History Passed on from Father to Son: Iwao and Hiroshi Shimizu

Sharon Yamato

Tule Lake Committee chair Hiroshi Shimizu attended his first Tule Lake Pilgrimage in 1994, clutching a folder of papers written in Japanese. He had seen an article announcing the pilgrimage in the Hokubei Mainichi, the former Northern California daily newspaper that his father, Iwao, not only helped to start but …

Cultural Merging and Identity: A Fourth-Generation Okinawan Japanese Peruvian American Speaks Out

Sharon Yamato


Scrumptiously Inventive Mochi In Fresno

Sharon Yamato

I first learned about Fresno’s landmark mochi shop, Kogetsu-do, 16 years ago while doing research for the Japanese American National Museum’s Annual Dinner Gala. The event’s theme, “Honoring the Family,” paid tribute to more than 70 businesses run by families for three generations, many of them starting out as mom-and-pop …

Rediscovered Art at Heart Mountain

Sharon Yamato

It’s no secret that Heart Mountain was the inspiration for many artists held in captivity at the incarceration center that bore its name. The lonely peak towering over the vast wasteland of Wyoming’s Bighorn Basin became a symbol of isolation, perseverance, and hope for many who lost their freedom while …

On a Soul-Searching Journey with Kishi Bashi

Sharon Yamato

Kishi Bashi at the Skirball Cultural Center on August 23, 2018.

Warehouse on the Corner of Gardena and Orchard*

Sharon Yamato

At 94 years old, sprightly Ray Harbold has a twinkle in his eye as he sits in front of his treasured model train set while talking about playing golf up until only a few months ago. The years have slowed his faculties a bit, but there are still vestiges of …

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I discovered my Nikkei roots very late in life, and for that reason I have been referred to as a born-again Sansei by some of my sarcastic friends. I used to duck when I saw large groups of JA students while I was at UCLA. But long after I graduated college, I started a Los Angeles chapter of the Sansei Legacy Project, a group that was founded to foster our Sansei-ness. It worked! I now love spending my time writing and making films about what it means to be Japanese American.

Nikkei interests

  • community history
  • family stories
  • Japanese/Nikkei food
  • Japantowns
  • taiko

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