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The Way of the Nisei Artist: A Tribute to My Uncle, Hiroshi Kashiwagi

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In 1993, I was at long choir rehearsal in college. My friend Marcy was taking Asian American Literature that semester, and during one of the breaks I glanced over at what she was studying.

“A Pacific Ocean For The Entire World”—The Panama Canal and Its Nikkei Ties to the Pacific Northwest

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“The little package of questions for which your parents don’t have answers,” says Mizu Sugimura, “they will give to you.”

Vashon Island's Japan Festival

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August 2019 marks the sixth year that I’ve been writing regularly for Discover Nikkei, and it’s wonderful to see the ongoing work of people, places, and events that I’ve written about before. For example, the City of Auburn, recently updated its efforts to commemorate the Pioneer Cemetery (which I wrote …

An Open Letter In Support of the Tule Lake Resisters, 2019

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In July-August 2019, the National Convention of JACL (Japanese American Citizens League) will be meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. Up for consideration is Resolution 3, “A Resolution of the National Council of the Japanese American Citizens League Relating To Recognition and Apology to Tule Lake Resisters.” An earlier draft …

History, Unmoored: For Yasuko-san and Keiko-San

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“Oh, this photo is evaporating. It needs to be copied right away,” says my friend Michael Sullivan.

Twenty Thousand Cranes And More: Stories Behind Washington State's Tsuru For Solidarity and Crystal City, Texas

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Twenty thousand, and more.

“Tidying Up” My Family’s Camp Dresser

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Drumming for History: The Annual Minidoka Pilgrimage Day of Remembrance Taiko Fundraiser

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Around the country, Japanese American Days of Remembrance are commemorated with keynote speakers, with candle lighting, with marches, and even (this year) with bystander training for allies with Densho.

A Seasonal Guide to Seattle/Tacoma Area Japanese American Events

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Happy New Year, everyone! 2018 marked a significant milestone for me—it’s been 20 years since I moved to Washington State from my home state of California. I wasn’t sure where to look for communities or events when I moved up here, and I felt pretty lonely for a while. I …

The Artist’s Memory: Soichi Sunami and Japanese American Photography

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I have the museum mostly to myself today.

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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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