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Resistance at Tule Lake—Talking with Filmmaker Konrad Aderer

Tamiko Nimura

In these difficult political times, resistance appears every day—from marches to political organizing to Star Wars movies to hashtags. But for many within the Japanese American community, resistance remains a difficult and painful topic. Sansei Konrad Aderer’s latest documentary, Resistance at Tule Lake, seeks to address that topic ...

Taking Tacoma's Japantown Online

Tamiko Nimura

"Witness to Wartime" and The Hope of Another Spring - The Long-Hidden Work of Issei Artist Takuichi Fujii

Tamiko Nimura

The women were standing just about eye level with me, their faces sketched on the wall by Issei artist Takuichi Fujii. They were standing in front of barracks at Minidoka, but in the picture they seemed—and felt— at an arm’s length away. One woman had her hand up ...

A Day of Remembrance to Remember in Puyallup, Washington

Tamiko Nimura

A Remarkable Nisei Love Story: Tacoma’s Kimi and George Tanbara

Tamiko Nimura

In past columns for Discover Nikkei, I’ve written about the challenges of finding Japanese American history in Tacoma. I know that, as with so many stories of Japanese Americans, there is much more to tell. So it was a pleasure and an education to be at Dr. George Tanbara ...

A Chiura Obata Painting Comes “Home” to Topaz

Tamiko Nimura

“It feels right,” says Jane Beckwith, director of the Topaz Museum in Utah. “It feels like the painting is coming home.” She is talking about a new donation, a Chiura Obata work coming to the Topaz Museum from Bainbridge Island in Washington State.

Camp Memorials, Silence, and Restlessness: A Dialogue with Brandon Shimoda - Part 2

Tamiko Nimura

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Camp Memorials, Silence, and Restlessness: A Dialogue with Brandon Shimoda - Part 1

Tamiko Nimura

Following the Path, Listening to Footsteps: A Day of Remembrance for Tacoma

Tamiko Nimura

I am thinking about paths, footsteps, gravel, listening, memory.

An Inclusive Legacy of Peace: The Nikkei History of Jean's House of Prayer

Tamiko Nimura

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Tamiko Nimura is an Asian American (Sansei/Pinay) writer who grew up in Northern California and now lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her recent publications include pieces in New California Writing 2012, Kartika Review, Remedy Quarterly, and Discover Nikkei. She holds degrees in English from UC Berkeley and the University of Washington. She contributes regularly to The Seattle Star and the International Examiner. She has read at various venues, including the San Francisco Public Library and the Evergreen State College. She has received awards and honors from the Ford Foundation, the Japanese American Citizens League, the University of Iowa, the Asia Pacific Fund, and

She lives with her family in Tacoma, Washington, where she taught literature and writing. She blogs at Kikugirl ( her “own private MFA.” She is currently working on a memoir and a novel.

Nikkei interests

  • community history
  • family stories
  • festival/matsuri
  • Japanese/Nikkei food
  • Japantowns
  • taiko

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