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Nima of the Month

TKA (California, United States)

TKA (Tim Asamen) is the coordinator of the Japanese American Gallery, a permanent exhibit at the Pioneers’ Park Museum in Imperial Valley, California. He is also active in the Kagoshima Heritage Club. His first contribution to Discover Nikkei was a journal article in 2009. Since then, he has periodically submitted stories about Japanese Americans in the Imperial Valley and his own personal experiences as a Sansei.

Nikkei Chronicles #3: Nikkei Names: Taro, John, Juan, João? is one of my favorite series because I am fascinated by name culture in Japan and among Nikkei. I recently read on Discover Nikkei about a Peruvian artist named Eduardo Tokeshi. He may be distantly related to a former Imperial Valley Nisei I knew named Edward Tokeshi. Another feature of Discover Nikkei that I greatly enjoy is the book reviews. Although it is not necessarily good for my wallet because every time I read a review, I end up having to buy another book!

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