Tamiko Nimura

Tamiko Nimura is a Sansei/Pinay writer, originally from Northern California and now living in the Pacific Northwest. Her writing has appeared or will appear in The San Francisco Chronicle, Kartika Review, The Seattle Star, Seattlest.com, the International Examiner (Seattle), and The Rafu Shimpo. She blogs at Kikugirl.net, and is working on a book project that responds to her father's unpublished manuscript about his Tule Lake incarceration during World War II. 

Updated July 2012 

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The Story of One Tacoma Issei, Shuichi Fukui: Journalist, Historian, WWI Veteran

As I’m writing this essay, I have moved between the despair I mentioned last month and the hope that I have for the future. My daughters went to their first protest march; my oldest daughter made her first call to a senator without being prompted or asked.

Living in Washington State, as we do, it’s hard not to feel despair, as I did this morning when I read that a newspaper in Kennewick, Washington published an editorial defending the logic of WWII Japanese American incarceration. And it’s hard not to feel hope when our governor, Jay Inslee ...

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Camp History Is Not Bound By Time: Allegiance, Fighting for America, The Betrayed

Manzanar has no geographic boundaries and is not bound by time. Manzanar exists today … in many forms, in many places. And in each, the people must work together to insure that it will not go unnoticed and unchanged.
                                                    — Mike Murase, GIDRA, 1973

I am thinking about history and silence again. It’s possible that I don’t ever stop thinking about these things, actually.

I’m writing this essay one day after thousands of people across the United States watched George Takei’s screening of Allegiance, the Broadway musical loosely based on the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans ...

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The Work and the Way Forward: A Tapestry of Post-Election Reactions from Seattle-Area Nikkei

These last several weeks after this year’s presidential election, I have grieved for my community, one that is made up largely of people from a variety of marginalized and minority communities. Friends who are Asian Americans, African Americans, Latinos/as, Native Americans. Friends who are gay and lesbian and bisexual and transgendered and queer, some of whom have been through attempts at “conversion therapy.” Friends who are Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, atheist. Women who are survivors of domestic abuse, rape, sexual assault. Friends with physical and mental disabilities. Friends who live paycheck to paycheck, as well as friends who ...

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Uncovering a “Lost” Japanese American Village in Bainbridge Island, Washington: A Behind the Scenes Interview with Archaeologist Floyd Aranyosi

Readers here may already be familiar with the fascinating story of Yama and Nagaya, a Japanese sawmill village settlement on Bainbridge Island, Washington. From 1883 to the 1920s, Japanese pioneers created a village complete with houses, churches and temples, a grocery store, laundries, a hotel, and even a photo studio. The village closed when the sawmill closed, and until recently the site has been left largely undisturbed.

Floyd Aranyosi is a faculty member at Olympic College in Bremerton, and is currently the lead investigator for the Yama Project: an archaeological study of this “lost” Japanese village that began in 2014 ...

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Handmade In Camp: A Museum Pays Tribute to Nikkei History in Auburn, Washington

Cherry blossoms made out of tiny white shells. A handcarved wooden vase. A Japanese doll in kimono.

These are some of the artifacts in Handmade in Camp: What We Couldn’t Carry, now on display in the White River Valley Museum in Auburn, Washington through November 6, 2016. The artifacts were handmade by incarcerated Japanese Americans during World War II, from found and scavenged materials. The cherry blossoms are made from the shells found in abundance around the Tule Lake site. The wooden vase, from a piece of firewood from Tule Lake. The Japanese doll is made out of scavenged ...

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