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Nima of the Month

haruka08 (California, United States)

haruka08 is a new Japanese American National Museum volunteer. In addition to writing articles for Discover Nikkei, she also helps the project with editing and uploading of submitted content.

[EN] As a Nisei, I have always felt proud to be an American of Japanese descent. I had the best of both worlds as a Nisei growing up in Los Angeles. However, there was an element of curiosity and mystery about my parents’ background knowing they had a completely different upbringing in a foreign land. They emigrated from Okinawa so that added another layer of curiosity—I came to understand in my early teens that Okinawa’s history and culture were different from those of mainland Japan.

I was fluent in Japanese as a child, but regrettably, my Japanese speaking skills have diminished over the years. Consequently, the ability to carry in-depth conversations with older family members regarding their childhood, wartime experiences, views on cultural differences, and so forth were impeded by the language barrier. All the more reason I value the content on Discover Nikkei. The personal anecdotes and amazing stories that span a breadth of topics all contributed by people from around the world help “fill in the gap,” and in a way, make up for the conversations I could have with members of my own family.

Discover Nikkei, as a dedicated digital library for the Nikkei community, is a wonderful resource for education and enrichment. The interviews, articles, and videos are true gems as I gain so much from them—more than I could ever gain from reading history books alone. Let’s keep Discover Nikkei going!

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