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


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


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


Notes on Hoarding


My mom tells me that when my oldest Nisei auntie died in 2016, there were so many boxes in the shed next to her house. Fruit crates, to be exact. Corrugated white cardboard, insulated. Interlocking flaps on the top—enough to let the air circulate over and around the Bartlett pears, …

A Partial and Personal Timeline of Asian American Men on Stage and Screen


Teahouse of the August Moon (1979)

Barbed Wire, Guard Tower, Tar Paper Barracks, Roll Call


Manzanar, Diverted: An Appreciation


Manzanar, Diverted trailer

Love and Reckoning: A Meditation On Family Photos


In my childhood home in Roseville, California, we had a room we called “the den.” It was not the formal living room, where we had two couches, a fireplace, and a glass-topped coffee table. “The den” was a place for watching TV and listening to records from my dad’s impressive …

Writing on the Wall—Text for Resisters: A Legacy of Movement from the Japanese American Incarceration


It was a warm summer day in August 2022, but I could feel my feet and hands growing colder, a scratch in my throat developing. I was sitting at my youngest daughter’s desk while she was trying to sleep. My husband and oldest daughter had contracted COVID-19 and were isolating …

Sansei Granddaughters’ Journey Exhibit at Tanforan Detention Center Site


In 2018, five Sansei women artists traveled to Manzanar’s annual pilgrimage in order to honor their family histories of wartime incarceration. Each of them had worked with this history in some form in their wide-ranging art careers, but this journey was special. In order to chronicle their experiences, they created …

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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>.


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