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

Nima of the Month

grantdin (California, United States)

grantdin is the Community Relations Director at Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. He is looking for Japanese immigration stories, in particular those through Angel Island from 1910-1940. He has contributed a number of Nikkei stories to Discover Nikkei about Japanese immigrants and American-born citizens who were arrested shortly after Pearl Harbor and detained on Angel Island in 1942 and 1943 before being sent to Department of Justice and US Army camps including Santa Fe, NM and many others.

[EN] I have enjoyed reading the stories by my friend Bill Watanabe. They give me a great sense of what growing up JA in the Valley was like for him.

I hope if people have more stories to share about those who immigrated through Angel Island or were briefly detained there during World War II, they can share them with me.

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Nikkei Family: Memories, Traditions, and Values

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