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Nima of the Month

Art_Hansen (California, United States)

Art Hansen is Professor Emeritus of History and Asian American Studies at California State University, Fullerton, where he retired in 2008 as the director of the Center for Oral and Public History. He has worked with the Japanese American National Museum staff on numerous projects, including Discover Nikkei, and has published many articles and book reviews in various publications.

Art has been contributing articles to our site since 2009 and was previously selected Nima of the Month in May 2013. We asked him a few questions about the importance of Discover Nikkei.

What about Discover Nikkei makes it an important resources for scholars, writers, researchers, and students?

The main thing that appeals to me about Discover Nikkei as a scholar of Japanese American history, society, and culture is that it situates the Japanese American experience into a global, cosmopolitan context.

In what ways have you found Discover Nikkei useful?

The principal way that I avail myself of the rich content of the Discover Nikkei site is as a repository for answering virtually any question or concern that crops up in my ongoing research and writing on pan-Japanese topics.

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