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Kiku Hughes’ graphic novel Displacement addresses the intergenerational trauma of Japanese American incarceration through a story of time travel

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Falling Into Public History: My Writing about Japanese American and African American Community Stories

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The following essay is adapted from a talk that I gave to the City of Tacoma Historic Preservation, Tacoma Historical Society, and Historic Tacoma in November 2020. An edited video version is available here on YouTube.

Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Care Is Free: Behind the Scenes with Two Nikkei Sisters and 35 Care Packages

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In October 2020, Tamiko and Teruko Nimura were asked to create a community engagement public art project for Tacoma Arts Month (a month celebrating arts and artists in Tacoma). They drew on their Japanese American heritage and created a batch of care packages which they distributed all over Tacoma, Tamiko’s …

A Conversation With Aya Hashiguchi Clark on the Past, Present, and Future of Japanese American Theater

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Given COVID-19 circumstances, the state of live theater in America is changing radically in 2020–but it is also changing because of the social uprisings and racial reckonings. Veteran Tacoma producer, actress, and writer Aya Hashiguchi Clark has had much to say lately around these changes, and I wanted to find …

Behind the Tadaima! Scenes with Kimiko Marr of Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages 

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Keywords For Being Nikkei In A Moment of Racial Reckoning

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Persimmon and Frog: Reading a Kibei-Nisei Tacoma Artist's Journey

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In 2014, I had visited Tacoma artist Fumiko Kimura in order to profile her for a retrospective exhibition at Tacoma Community College. Kimura’s story and artistic journey fascinated me. When I met her, she was a Kibei-Nisei artist in her 80s. Last year, she celebrated her 90th birthday. She is …

Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Learning From the Issei Grandfather I Never Met

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“What you are feeling is grief,” says the article from Harvard Business Review. And yes, living in COVID-19 in Washington State, March 2020 feels like a kind of grief, even though I have grieved before. But the waking up to a profoundly altered reality each day, each wave a fresh …

‘Working With Communities And The People’: A Conversation With Yonsei Pastor Karen Yokota Love 

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For a layperson, picturing a call into ministry might look like a voice from on high, literally calling someone to their service.

Giving with Gratitude: The Nisei Student Relocation Commemorative Fund

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“They were at a picnic in New Hampshire,” says Jean Hibino. Her Nisei parents were UC Berkeley students during World War II, and though they were imprisoned at Tanforan and then Topaz, their time in camp was brief. Thanks to the National Japanese American Student Relocation Council, which operated from …

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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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