Lisa Nakamura

Lisa Nakamura, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist who works in San Francisco. A Sansei originally from San Jose, she volunteered on a the Tule Lake Committee to help organize several pilgrimages. Lisa later completed a dissertation about the the impact of the Tule Lake Pilgrimage on former inmates and their descendants. She has a background in working with traumatized children, youth, and young adults in the foster care system, providing therapy and therapeutic, collaborative psychological assessments. 

Updated September 2018

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The 2018 Tule Lake Pilgrimage: Connecting Across Generations

Connecting Across Generations About Incarceration: A Young Girl Uses Art to Show What She Learned about Richard Murakami’s Story

“I could draw what I think your feelings might be about Richard’s story,” my daughter suggested. Richard Murakami was sharing his story about his concentration camp experiences as part of the intergenerational group discussion at the recent Tule Lake Pilgrimage last June. It was my seventh pilgrimage, but my children’s first. My 8-year-old daughter, Akina, was getting antsy. Like many children, she typically needed much more time to feel comfortable talking in front of adults she does not know. Akina might appear uninterested in what they had to say or standoffish. But I knew she was listening on ...

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