2017 Nima of the Month

Nima are members of our Discover Nikkei Nima-kai community. Our Nima of the Month are some of our most active participants. Learn more about them and what they like about Discover Nikkei.

January 2017

traciakemi (California, United States)

Our new poetry column, Nikkei Uncovered, is curated by traci kato-kiriyama (traciakemi). Her first contribution to Discover Nikkei was in August 2013. Although she hasn’t made many contributions to the site since then, she has been a great supporter and advocate of our work, and we are thrilled to have her help with Nikkei Uncovered.

[EN] Discover Nikkei rocks! I especially appreciate the attention to STORIES. The site is so chock full of education to soak in and yet, beyond information, we are brought back, always, to stories and to a connection through personal and political narrative.

I also love how Discover Nikkei continues to stretch and bring in more and more voices from the Nikkei diaspora. It’s exciting to learn about other Nikkei beyond the States, and participate in a growing global consciousness for our community.

Read traciakemi’s stories here >>

February 2017

emikotsuchida (San Francisco, California, United States)

emikotsuchida (Emiko Tsuchida) is a Yonsei freelance writer and social media marketer who writes about Asian American identity and experiences, oral histories, and the Japanese American World War II experience. In December, she started sharing stories from her Tessaku project, which features interviews with Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during the war.

I love that Discover Nikkei is exactly that: an eclectic discovery of the history and people who make up the diverse communities of Japanese heritage. Some of my favorite pieces have been the Canadian Nikkei series, the fascinating stories about migration, and of course, articles about food! I think this site creates a really relevant and culturally significant extension to the Japanese American National Museum that can continue to evolve and grow as more stories are shared through the years. I’m honored to be a part of the community.

Read Emiko’s articles >>

March 2017

rmyokota (Illinois, United States)

rmyokota (Ryan Masaaki Yokota) is a Yonsei/Shin-Nisei Japanese/Okinawan American who currently lives in Chicago, IL. His research and writings have focused on the Okinawan diaspora. Although he only recently created a Nima account, he has shared articles about Nikkei in Chicago on Discover Nikkei since 2013.

Discover Nikkei is a truly vital resource for the global Nikkei community. In seeing the range of articles published here I have been able to feel more connected with fellow Nikkei around the world and have been amazed at how diverse our global community is. Through online resources like Discover Nikkei, I have learned new things, and been able to keep up with the thoughts of like-minded people throughout the world. Most of all, it has stimulated me to want to travel around the world to see more of the different Nikkei communities and how they live! I look forward to seeing how coverage of the various communities will grow in the years to come.

Read Ryan’s articles >>

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