Edna Horiuchi

Edna Horiuchi es profesora de tercer grado. Disfruta viajar y está intentando aprender japonés. Su hijo, Kenzo, ahora está trabajando como ingeniero estructural en San Francisco.

Última actualización en septiembre de 2019

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Crónicas Nikkei #12—Creciendo como Nikkei: Conectando con Nuestra Herencia

An Albuquerque Childhood

I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico during the 1960’s. My parents had grown up in Hawaii, confident in their Japanese American heritage. There was never any doubt in my mind that I was Japanese American, but I rarely saw people outside of my family who looked like me. During my early childhood, my Nikkei community consisted of my parents, younger brother, and a few others. We were the only Asian family in our neighborhood of tract homes, surrounded by working class whites or Latinos. I was the only Japanese student at my elementary school, until my younger brother, Michael, started sc…

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In Their Own Voices: Understanding Heart Mountain through Oral Histories

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 experiences at Heart Mountain. Voices features first-person oral histories from both imprisoned Japanese Americans and the nearby townspeople. The book also includes official documents and letters from camp administrators and newspaper articles or editorials that refl…

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Eugenia “Jeanie” Kashima, First Topaz Baby

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 was so grateful to the Nikkei doctor, Dr. Eugenia Fujita, that they named the baby after her. Eugenia “Jeanie” Kashima began a series of Topaz collages during COVID isolation. Her mother, Amy Oishi Takaki, had passed away at age 104 in 2020. Kashima had created art quilts but wanted an artistic way to use th…

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

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 books. traci is a queer, third/fourth generation Nikkei writer and performer. She said, “One of the questions I asked myself was what kind of conversations do I want to have with this book? What kinds of groups do I want to interact with and speak with?” Navigating is a brutally …

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Redress: A film about the Office of Redress Administration

For Emi Kuboyama there was “one story that has been haunting me in a way for decades.”  Now that story has finally been told in the film Redress which was co-created by Kuboyama, a former ORA lawyer, and Todd Holmes, a UC Berkeley historian, in collaboration with filmmaker Jon Ayon. Redress is an educational short film about the Office of Redress Administration (ORA) and its relationship with the Japanese American community after the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 (HR442).    Emi Kuboyama was born and raised in Honolulu. Her Japanese grandparents im…

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