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Meet Kenyon Mayeda: Bringing a Multigenerational, Multicultural Legacy to JANM

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Kenyon Mayeda is the new Chief Impact Officer for the Japanese American National Museum (JANM), a position which among other things, involves the daily running of the museum. He remembers early trips to the Manzanar concentration camp with his father, Mark Mayeda. It was before there was a museum, with …

Nikkei Chronicles #12—Growing Up Nikkei: Connecting with Our Heritage

An Albuquerque Childhood

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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 …

In Their Own Voices: Understanding Heart Mountain through Oral Histories

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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

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The Highflying Artistry of Miné Okubo

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

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