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Taking Tacoma's Japantown Online

Tamiko Nimura

"Witness to Wartime" and The Hope of Another Spring - The Long-Hidden Work of Issei Artist Takuichi Fujii

Tamiko Nimura

The women were standing just about eye level with me, their faces sketched on the wall by Issei artist Takuichi Fujii. They were standing in front of barracks at Minidoka, but in the picture they seemed—and felt— at an arm’s length away. One woman had her hand up to her …

A Day of Remembrance to Remember in Puyallup, Washington

Tamiko Nimura

A Remarkable Nisei Love Story: Tacoma’s Kimi and George Tanbara

Tamiko Nimura

In past columns for Discover Nikkei, I’ve written about the challenges of finding Japanese American history in Tacoma. I know that, as with so many stories of Japanese Americans, there is much more to tell. So it was a pleasure and an education to be at Dr. George Tanbara’s life …

A Chiura Obata Painting Comes “Home” to Topaz

Tamiko Nimura

“It feels right,” says Jane Beckwith, director of the Topaz Museum in Utah. “It feels like the painting is coming home.” She is talking about a new donation, a Chiura Obata work coming to the Topaz Museum from Bainbridge Island in Washington State.

Camp Memorials, Silence, and Restlessness: A Dialogue with Brandon Shimoda - Part 2

Tamiko Nimura

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Camp Memorials, Silence, and Restlessness: A Dialogue with Brandon Shimoda - Part 1

Tamiko Nimura

Following the Path, Listening to Footsteps: A Day of Remembrance for Tacoma

Tamiko Nimura

I am thinking about paths, footsteps, gravel, listening, memory.

An Inclusive Legacy of Peace: The Nikkei History of Jean's House of Prayer

Tamiko Nimura

What Remains: A Tour of Tacoma's Japantown

Tamiko Nimura

“Well, if we get about ten or fifteen people,” said my colleague Michael Sullivan, “that’ll be a good group. And it’s supposed to rain, so who knows who will show up?” For a few years, Michael and I had been working on telling bits and pieces of Japanese American history …

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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>.

Intereses Nikkei

  • historias de comunidades
  • historias familias
  • festivales/matsuri
  • japonesa/comida nikkei
  • Japantowns
  • taiko

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