タミコ・ニムラ

(Nimura Tamiko)

タミコ・ニムラさんは、太平洋岸北西部出身、現在は北カリフォルニア在住の日系アメリカ人三世でありフィリピン系アメリカ人の作家です。タミコさんの記事は、シアトル・スター紙、Seattlest.com、インターナショナル・イグザミナー紙、そして自身のブログ、「Kikugirl: My Own Private MFA」で読むことができます。現在、第二次大戦中にツーリレイクに収容された父の書いた手稿への自らの想いなどをまとめた本を手がけている。

(2012年7月 更新) 

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On Topaz Stories and “Authentic Voice”: A Conversation With Writer And Editor Ruth Sasaki - Part 1

As a college student at UC Berkeley in the 1990s, I was searching for Sansei writers who wrote about the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans. I was delighted to find the work of Janice Mirikitani and Ruth Sasaki. Sasaki’s book, The Loom and Other Stories, is one that I’ve kept close to my heart and on my shelf for decades now. So it was a delight to see that she had started a blog in 2015, and to see that she was editing a new project in 2020: Topaz Stories, a collection of first-person stories from camp survivors and their descendants. (Sasaki’s mother was incarce…

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The Redress Origins of the Hidden Histories of San Jose Japantown: A Conversation with Susan Hayase and Tom Izu

Carp flags (koinobori) are floating in front of me, their mouths open. Tanzaku are fluttering in a virtual wind. Fragments of the “Instructions to Persons of Japanese Ancestry” poster are floating around an empty lot. Black-and-white photos of a Japanese American doctor float by the Issei Memorial Building. In one space I hear strains of “We are the Children” by Chris Iijima and Nobuko Miyamoto; in another space I hear the thunder of taiko drums and watch community dancers celebrating at a Bon Odori. And there is more, much more, as I watch video after video of art s…

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A Sister Artist Interview: Teruko Nimura And the Eloquence of Handmade Objects

Strings of origami cranes, circles of wish lanterns, maneki nekos and daruma figures—for decades I’ve watched my sister Teruko grow as an artist. I remember Teruko’s pencil sketches and charcoal drawings that our mother framed in our hallway to Teruko’s first solo show in Sacramento to public art installations in Texas, Mexico, and New York City. Though I’m four years older, I’ve always been in awe of her as an artist. She takes risks and confronts difficult themes, experiments with multiple media, devotes weeks of energy to a single repetitive task, and po…

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An Interview With City of Ghosts Yonsei Creator Elizabeth Ito 

A maneki neko statue keeps moving mysteriously around a “sort of” Japanese restaurant in Boyle Heights. A music teacher keeps hearing some drumming in Leimert Park, with no visible drummer. A team of kid detectives roams Los Angeles, looking for ghosts—not to vaporize or “bust” them, but to listen to their stories. The ghosts are friendly, funny, talkative, near cuddly, some with rainbow auras. The Los Angeles of Elizabeth Ito’s City of Ghosts Netflix series is not what you might expect. City of Ghosts is a beautifully told animated series which uncovers …

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“Be Bold”: The Artistry of 99-Year Old Kibei Nisei Artist Koho Yamamoto

Was I looking at a pile of charred kindling, a set of raven’s wings or feathers? “I’m interviewing this 99-year old Kibei Nisei artist, Koho Yamamoto,” I wrote on my social media page, with a link to her 2021 exhibit. “Anyone heard of her?” I’d been sent a press kit to Yamamoto’s show, Under A Dark Moon at New York City’s Noguchi Museum, and was immediately struck by her powerfully evocative sumi-e paintings. Her life story and artistic path reminded me of Kibei Nisei Tacoma artist Fumiko Kimura, who I wrote about last year for Discover N…

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