Kimiko Medlock

Kimiko Medlock is currently an MA student in East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University, specializing in the history of Japanese social liberation movements. She is also tangentially a Japan-relations nonprofit intern in Washington DC, a taiko player, and a member of the Okinawan American Association of New York. 

Updated June 2015

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Mas Arai’s Last Mystery: Interview with Naomi Hirahara

“I [accepted a] writing fellowship in Kansas to focus on the novel that I had been working on for years. When I returned to LA, I again needed work and began writing biographies for the Japanese American National Museum. And then my novel began to morph into a mystery, which turned out to the perfect container for my story and protagonist, Mas Arai.”

—Naomi Hirahara, author of Hiroshima Boy

Acclaimed author of the Mas Arai mysteries Naomi Hirahara is coming to the Japanese American National Museum on March 17. She will be discussing and reading from her most recent book ...

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Just One Place for Easy Japanese Recipes

“Many of you grew up eating Japanese food prepared by your grandmother or mother. I would like to encourage you to try making these natsukashii (nostalgic) dishes at home. You will be surprised how much joy it will bring you! Food has the ability to connect the present and the past. It also plays a big part in preserving our cultures and traditions. I would be very happy if Just One Cookbook became a reliable source for your daily Japanese meals, and helped bring your family closer with dishes everyone can enjoy.”

Namiko Chen, founder, justonecookbook.com

When Namiko Chen ...

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Writing-to-Rediscover & Writing-to-Redress—Mira Shimabukuro Visits JANM

 

“FIRST OF ALL, DO I THINK THAT IT WAS CONSTITUTIONAL? NO I DO NOT…

DO I THINK RACIAL PQEDD PREDJUDICE WAS INVOLVED? YES I DO…

DO I THINK THAT THE EVACUATION DID OR WILL DO SOME GOOD? YES” (Hayami)

Reading Mira Shimabukuro’s newly released book Relocating Authority (2016) is to travel back. Back to WWII and back to your own high school history lessons, in which you learned that barring a few outliers, Japanese Americans walked quietly and cooperatively into the barracks with great suffering and little complaint. Not because they did not suffer, but because, as one well-known ...

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The Japanese American National Museum Serves Up East Side Sushi

The independent film East Side Sushi debuted in 2014 on the film festival circuit, and depicts a young single mother on her journey to become a sushi chef. It has already garnered over 13 awards at various festivals, including a Jury Award at the 2014 Napa Valley Film Festival, and Audience Award at the 2015 CAAMFest. It has touched audiences around the country, and now it is coming to the Japanese American National Museum on Saturday, January 28 at 2 p.m. Discover Nikkei spoke with associate producer Vicki Wong in advance of the screening to learn about the storyline ...

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The Principles and Convictions of Fred T. Korematsu

November 10, 1983, was a big day for Fred T. Korematsu and his legal team. Ten months after filing a legal petition on Fred’s behalf, they all finally stood before a judge in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. In 1942, Fred had been convicted of violating WWII exclusion orders for choosing to remain behind in California as other Japanese Americans reported for incarceration. And now, after carrying the burden of that conviction for over 40 years, Fred was back in court once again to challenge that conviction. Arguments were presented, and the room full of Nikkei spectators ...

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