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

Nima of the Month

msaito4 (California, United States)

Matthew Saito (msaito4) is currently a third year student at Loyola Marymount University, majoring in Finance and minoring in Philosophy, with an emphasis in Business Law. He plans to go to law school to work in either the civil rights or business law field.

This past summer, Discover Nikkei once again partnered with the Japanese American Bar Association to host a Nikkei Community Internship (NCI) program intern. For his primary assignment, Matthew interviewed pioneering transgender civil rights attorney Mia Yamamoto. He researched and wrote about trailblazer Chiyoko Sakamoto and the resurgence of xenophobia against Asian Americans due to COVID-19. For the More Than a Game: Nikkei Sports special series, he wrote about Nikkei youth basketball leagues. We will be sharing his final article reflecting on his internship experience later this month.

The Discover Nikkei Team thanks Matthew for his hard work this summer and wish him well in the future!

What do you like about Discover Nikkei and why?

I really love Discover Nikkei because of the connections that it creates with Nikkei around the world. Discover Nikkei breaks the barriers of physical distance and documents the stories of Nikkei from a wide variety of backgrounds, locations, and environments. The stories and experiences shared on Discover Nikkei cannot be found anywhere else, and allows other Nikkei to connect with individuals that they may not have met otherwise.

What was the most rewarding part of your intern experience?

It was such a privilege to be the Japanese American National Museum’s intern this summer, and I enjoyed every minute of it! The most rewarding part of the experience was that I was able to meet and interact with so many different leaders in the Japanese American community. Each of these leaders gave me such great insight about how I can impact the community and create change for the future generations!

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