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The Tacoma Japantown Project

Tamiko Nimura

This year, 2024, marks 10 years that I have been researching, writing, and marking the story of Tacoma’s historic Japantown. Readers of Discover Nikkei might have read about this work in different formats: encyclopedia article, personal essay, walking tour, smartphone application, day of gathering. I’ve also written essays about Tacoma-related Japanese …

How Do We Remember Japanese American History? A Descendant's Perspective

Tamiko Nimura

The following is adapted from a talk I gave at Plymouth Church in Seattle in February 2024.

Naomi Hirahara’s Meticulously-Researched Mystery about Postwar Midcentury Japanese America

Tamiko Nimura

There’s a haunting in Naomi Hirahara’s latest novel, Evergreen—a much-anticipated sequel to her novel, Clark and Division.

Why the Language We Use to Describe JA Incarceration During WWII Matters

Tamiko Nimura

Out the front windows of our bus, we could see acres of sun-dried grasses during a hot and arid Northern California summer. On either side of the road stood barbed-wire fences, like the ones many of our family members spent years behind, surrounded by armed guards and guard towers, living …

“The Gold That Heals and Transforms”: A Conversation with Dr. Satsuki Ina

Tamiko Nimura

Growing Up Nikkei As An Adoptee—A Conversation with Author Susan Ito

Tamiko Nimura

One Fighting Irishman — A Conversation With Filmmaker Sharon Yamato

Tamiko Nimura

Wayne Mortimer Collins is an important name for my family. I first learned about this heroic, brash and outspoken attorney nearly twenty years ago while editing my uncle Hiroshi Kashiwagi’s first book, Swimming in the American (2005). I was surprised to see the book dedicated to Collins, and learned a …

Wisdom Grown Wild: A Conversation with Filmmaker Rea Tajiri — Part 3

Tamiko Nimura

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Wisdom Grown Wild: A Conversation with Filmmaker Rea Tajiri — Part 2

Tamiko Nimura

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Wisdom Grown Wild: A Conversation with Filmmaker Rea Tajiri — Part 1

Tamiko Nimura

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Tamiko Nimura is an Asian American writer living in Tacoma, Washington. Her training in literature and American ethnic studies (MA, PhD, University of Washington) prepared her to research, document, and tell the stories of people of color. She has been writing for Discover Nikkei since 2008.

Tamiko just published her first book, <em>Rosa Franklin: A Life in Health Care, Public Service, and Social Justice</em> (Washington State Legislature Oral History Program, 2020). Her second book is a co-written graphic novel, titled <em>We Hereby Refuse: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration</em> (Chin Music Press/Wing Luke Asian Museum, forthcoming February 9, 2021). She is working on a memoir called <em>PILGRIMAGE</em>.

Nikkei interests

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

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