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Nikkei Names: Writing Workshop in Gardena

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Discover Nikkei presented a free writing workshop on August 23 at the Gardena Valley JCI in conjunction with annual writing series called Nikkei Chronicles #3: Nikkei Names: Taro, John, Juan, João? to explore what your name says about you and the origins of Nikkei names. 

Before the workshop, the instructor Patricia Wakida prepared a warm-up activity and asked participants "Tell us about your names."  Check out their responses in this album.

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Workshop at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute

Patricia Wakida, a writer, linoleum block artist, and bibliophile, lead a Nikkei Names writing workshop at Garden Valley Japanese Cultural Institute on August 23, 2014. 

Nisei Veterans Memorial Hall at GVJCI
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Timothy Masui Toyama

"Timothy" = from the Bible.

My parents' favorite Biblical chapter. Also their best friend in Chicago, where I was born.

Only my mom calls me "Timothy," and only when she's annoyed with me. I prefer "Tim". I loathe, despite, hate "Timmy". I immediately say, "Don't call me the 'T' word." ...

Timothy Masui Toyama
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Dale Imafuku

My first name is Dale, but that's not the name I want to talk about. I would rather talk about my nickname, Alphageek. An alphageek is the geek that other geeks go to for advice. Because I build computers, troubleshoot computers, program computers, and do everythihng with computers, I was ...

Dale Imafuku
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editor — Last modified Nov 21 2014 11:46 a.m.


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