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

Nima of the Month

AaronCK (Connecticut, United States)

AaronCK is a Sansei from Santa Rosa, CA who recently joined our Nima-Kai and has been sharing a funny and entertaining “origami” cartoon series called “The Real Lives of Origami Figures.”

Thanks to my mother, I have always had a deep appreciation for my Japanese heritage, but growing up, I had very little contact with the Japanese American community. I went through junior high and high school with only one friend of Japanese descent. My Japanese heritage was something that we mostly celebrated at home through food, music, traditions, and stories. It wasn’t until college that I met and mingled with other Asians from various parts of the world, including some of Japanese ancestry. After grad school, however, I found myself once again with little access to the Japanese community.

I am new to Discover Nikkei, and what a discovery it is! It’s so wonderful to be able to look into the lives of Nikkei through the articles, albums, and interviews. I am happy and honored to have some of my cartoons shared here, adding to the conversation. Although I’m still learning how to navigate the site to take full advantage of what it has to offer, it already makes me feel closer to my heritage.

Check out his cartoon series >>

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