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Artistry in Armor: An Interview with Darin S. Furukawa, Artist, Educator, and Samurai Arts Specialist

Esther Newman

Darin S. Furukawa and Mike Yamasaki are co-curators Japanese American National Museum’s new exhibit for the  month of August, Jidai: Timeless Works of Samurai Art. Together, they are preserving and passing along an appreciation for traditional Japanese culture. 


Paying Culture Forward: Passing on the Traditions of Japanese Art Swords

Esther Newman

What separates a Japanese art sword from any manufactured metal-bladed weapon? An extraordinary level of craftsmanship, artistry, and specific techniques that are carefully passed along from generation to generation—in other words, tradition.


My Grandfather’s Lasting Legacy: A New Chapter for Museo Amano and the Nikkei Community in Lima, Peru

Esther Newman

My grandfather, led an exceptional life that has been detailed in numerous publications including several multi-part articles and video interviews here at DiscoverNikkei.org.1


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After Camp: Portraits in Midcentury Japanese American Life and Politics - Dr. Greg Robinson

Esther Newman

The wartime roundup and removal from the West Coast of 120,000 American citizens and permanent residents of Japanese ancestry has generated an enormous literature, including important contributions from Dr. Greg Robinson. But the postwar period of resettlement and renewal of Japanese American communities, largely unstudied, is also compelling and ...

Farewell to Manzanar—DVD Introduces Film to a New Generation

The Actors’ Perspective

Esther Newman

Farewell to Manzanar, adapted from the memoir that Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston penned with her husband, James D. Houston, tells the story of the injustice suffered by 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II by focusing on a single family, the Wakatsukis, as seen through the eyes of seven year ...

Farewell to Manzanar—DVD Introduces Film to a New Generation

An interview with John Korty, director of "Farewell To Manzanar"

Esther Newman

          “I was always out to change the world...”

John Korty’s remarkable success in the film industry—an Oscar and two Emmys among numerous film awards—doesn’t mean he’s “gone Hollywood.” The director of Farewell to Manzanar has consistently chosen projects focused on themes of social justice from ...

The Morey Family: A Self-Guided Walking Tour through Little Tokyo History

Esther NewmanJack Shiro Morey

Four generations of the Morey family have been a part of Little Tokyo’s business community. Three generations of the Morey family have also been a part of the Japanese American National Museum, since its inception nearly thirty years ago. In fact, much of the Morey family history has taken ...

Farewell to Manzanar—DVD Introduces Film to a New Generation

Timeless and Timely

Esther Newman

Nearly seventy years have passed since the first busload of Japanese Americans arrived at Manzanar, forced from their coastal California homes to spend the duration of World War II behind barbed wire and beneath the gaze of armed soldiers perched in perimeter guard towers. The incarceration of 120,000 American ...

Henry and Helen Yasuda: Family Values, Nikkei Values - Part 2

Esther Newman

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Only a few days after Henry and Helen’s wedding ceremony, Henry left for Korea where he was stationed for eight months before transfer back to headquarters in Tokyo. Helen joined him there. “The first chance we had,” said Henry, “I took her to Yamaguchi where my ...

Henry and Helen Yasuda: Family Values, Nikkei Values - Part 1

Esther Newman

Yamato Damashi translates to “Japanese Spirit.” It’s painted in calligraphy on a scroll that hangs in the home of Henry and Helen Yasuda, a reminder of the Japanese cultural values that have sustained them throughout the years—doing one’s best, putting family first, a commitment to education, and ...

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Esther Newman recently moved back to her hometown of Encinitas, California. After a career in marketing and media production for Ohio’s Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, she completed an M.A. in twentieth century American history. She plans to continue independent research on her family’s history and topics affecting the Japanese Diaspora including internment, migration and assimilation.

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  • community history
  • family stories

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