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In Their Own Voices: Understanding Heart Mountain through Oral Histories

Edna Horiuchi

The book Unforgotten Voices from Heart Mountain by Joanne Oppenheim and Nancy Matsumoto captures the emotions and everyday life during World War II at the Wyoming concentration camp. Presented in a reader’s theater format, the book uses primary-source materials from both inside and outside the camp to illuminate the lived …

Eugenia “Jeanie” Kashima, First Topaz Baby

Edna Horiuchi

She was the first baby born at the Topaz Concentration Camp in central Utah. The hospital was not completed yet, so her mother gave birth on a laundry room floor less than two weeks after their arrival in September 1942. A wooden food crate improvised for a crib. Her father …

Navigating With(out) Instruments: traci kato-kiriyama’s art for love, hope, and healing

Edna Horiuchi

It was only a year ago that artist traci kato-kiriyama (they + she) launched their second book, Navigating With(out) Instruments at a party in Little Tokyo on April 10, 2022. Navigating was named in Ms Magazine’s 2022 Poetry Roundup and in the 2021 L.A. Taco Book Guide, which recommends LA-centered …

Redress: A film about the Office of Redress Administration

Edna Horiuchi

Coronado Japanese community, a Tea Garden, and a Movie Star

Edna Horiuchi

Before World War II, there were sixteen Japanese families (including children, about 100 individuals) living in the resort town of Coronado on a peninsula in San Diego Bay, California. These were Issei who were mostly from Kagoshima, Japan and their Nisei children. Many of the Issei worked at the luxurious …

Nobuko Miyamoto: Giving Voice to Asian American Stories - Part 2

Edna Horiuchi

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Nobuko Miyamoto: Giving Voice to Asian American Stories - Part 1

Edna Horiuchi

The Highflying Artistry of Miné Okubo

Edna Horiuchi

Nikkei Chronicles #8—Nikkei Heroes: Trailblazers, Role Models, and Inspirations

Mine Okubo

Edna Horiuchi

The artist Mine Okubo is most famous for her book, Citizen 13660, a graphic memoir of the Japanese American concentration camps. She became my hero while I was a student at University of California (UC), Riverside in 1979. As a young woman in my twenties, I felt inspired by Mine’s …

Nikkei Chronicles #7—Nikkei Roots: Digging into Our Cultural Heritage

Meeting the Kumamoto Relatives

Edna Horiuchi

My first trip to Japan was in the summer of 2016. I was very nervous about meeting my recently-discovered Minami relatives, on my dad's mother's side. What  if  I didn't like them or if they didn't like us? I brought a whole suitcase of gifts or omiyage, carefully selected from …

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Edna Horiuchi is a retired teacher. She enjoys traveling, museums, and learning new things.

Nikkei interests

  • community history
  • family stories
  • Japanese/Nikkei food

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