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*The term “Nima” comes from combining Nikkei and nakama (Japanese for “colleagues”, or “fellows”, or “circle”).

Nima of the Month

gasagasagirl (California, United States)

Naomi Hirahara is the author of the Mas Arai mystery series for which she has won an Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Paperback Original. She is a former English editor for The Rafu Shimpo and has also written nonfiction books, mostly revolving the experience of Japanese Americans, as well as middle-grade fiction. Her new mystery series involving a young female hapa bicycle cop made its debut in 2014 with Murder on Bamboo Lane.

She has been a Nima since 2005, and has contributed stories to Discover Nikkei since 2007, including two completed serialized stories written originally for our site: The Nihongo Papers (2007) and Baishakunin, Inc. (2009). She just launched a new original serial story called Nikkei Detective in August.

I love that Discover Nikkei is about Nikkei around the world and not just the United States or North America. I feel that the distance between the Nikkei communities narrows with a website like Discover Nikkei. I can’t read all the posts in Spanish and Portuguese unless they are translated, but I can still follow the photo albums.

I also appreciate the in-depth articles that are featured on the site. One that was especially helpful was a seven-part series on City View Hospital and Japanese hospitals of California, written by Dr. Troy Tashiro Kaji. As I have co-written a book based on oral histories of Japanese American camp doctors, I found Dr. Kaji’s series so informative and illuminating. There’s nothing out there on the Internet that offers such comprehensive information, so thank you, Discover Nikkei!

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