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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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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Civil Rights Advocate Recounts The Japanese American Story

S. Floyd Mori is the former National Executive Director/CEO of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), current president of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), and has held numerous other positions besides. He has worked as an international business consultant, a professor of economics, the mayor of Pleasanton, California, and been elected to the California state assembly. His greatest achievement though, by his own account, has been his lifelong commitment to Japanese American civil rights advocacy. After over five decades of work, Mori is now preparing for retirement from his role at the forefront of Asian ...

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Ozōni Soup for the JA Soul

When Matthew Hashiguchi first began to record his grandmother’s story, he expected to produce one full-length documentary about Japanese Americans in the Midwest and Canada. He did not foresee the community’s overwhelming enthusiasm or the project’s resulting expansion to include an online storytelling platform that showcases JA history both before and after the war. He has named the platform Good Luck Soup.

Good Luck Soup has been a new type of endeavor for Hashiguchi, whose earlier photo and multimedia journalism projects never dealt with the Japanese American experience. The omittance was a personal choice. Even after graduating ...

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A Poet, a Mystery Novelist, and Writing in Japanese America

The Japanese American experience is rarely tackled in mainstream literature. In 2015, Asian protagonists are still conspicuously absent from novels, missing in popular films, and seldom cast in leading theater roles. But we are not invisible. Asian American authors and artists in the past century have taken representation into their own hands, voicing their own life experiences through creative arts.

On September 19, the Japanese American National Museum will feature two such Asian American artists in an event titled Writing Little Tokyo in Crime and Rhyme. Poet Amy Uyematsu and novelist Naomi Hirahara will read from their most recent works ...

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