Nikkei Chronicles #8 — Nikkei Heroes: Trailblazers, Role Models, and Inspirations

We want to explore the idea of a Nikkei hero. Who is your hero?  How have they influenced your Nikkei identity or your connection to your Nikkei heritage? 

Thanks to everyone who submitted their "Nikkei heroes" stories. Read them now and vote for your favorites! The story with the most stars will be translated into all of our site languages.

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Album of the Week

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The Sculpture of Ruth Asawa: Contours in the Air - Audio Tour

Ruth Asawa, one of the most important female artists of the 20th century, was born in 1926 in Norwalk, California. She is the fourth of seven children. Her parents were truck farmers, so Ruth and her six siblings worked long hours on the farm.

Ruth’s first experience using a paint ...

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Nima of the Month

jonathan (California, United States)

Jonathan van Harmelen is currently a PhD student in history at UC Santa Cruz specializing in the history of Japanese-American incarceration. He was introduced to Discover Nikkei by author Greg Robinson, co-authoring an article in April of this year. Since then, he has been contributing diverse stories related to Japanese Americans.

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