Kimiko Medlock

Atualmente, Kimiko Medlock está cursando o mestrado em idiomas e culturas do leste da Ásia na Universidade de Columbia, especializando-se na história dos movimentos japoneses de libertação social. Além disso, ela é estagiária numa empresa sem fins lucrativos baseada em Washington, cujo foco são as relações com o Japão; toca taiko; e é membro da Associação Okinawense-Americana de Nova York.

Última actualización en junio de 2015

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Crónicas Nikkei #4 — La Familia Nikkei: Memorias, Tradiciones, y Valores

No te preocupes, sé hapa

Mis hermanas y yo tenemos el mismo sentido del humor mordaz y estatura verticalmente conservadora, pero es allí donde nuestras obvias similitudes terminan. Todas tenemos la misma madre sansei okinawense y padre sureño de Florida, pero no nos parecemos. Quizás podría describir nuestra conexión general mientras crecíamos con nuestra «japonesidad» tan tenuemente como pueda. Comíamos arroz con cada comida y siempre llevábamos regalos a las casas de nuestros amigos. Pero entonces también escuchábamos el pidgin y el inglés estándar cuando visitábamos a nuestra familia. No había ning ...

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Reading Night in the American Village

Author Akemi Johnson is no stranger to the American military presence in Okinawa and its deep impact on Okinawan culture. In her new book, Night in the American Village: Women in the Shadow of the U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa, the author travels through the prefecture in narrative form, conversing with locals and uncovering the nuances and tragedies that abound around the bases that cover over 14% of Okinawa’s main island. Her book is a rare view into the everyday lives of Okinawans near the bases, and the story unfolds as Johnson herself ventures around Okinawa and tells ...

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No-No Boy Author John Okada, Rediscovered

I Must be Strong
I know now for what war I was born.
Every child is born to see some struggle,
But this conflict is yet the worst.
For my dark features are those of the enemy,
And my heart is buried deep in occidental soil.
People will say things, and people will do things,
I know they will, and I must be strong.

—John Okada, University of Washington Daily, Dec 11, 1941

John Okada, author of the classic Nisei novel No-No Boy (1957) was a mystery to a generation of readers and historians. After studying literature and writing a ...

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New Memoir Celebrates the Life of Nisei Resister Jimmie Omura

“The most heroic figures in U.S. history, although not always fully appreciated or roundly honored in their lifetime, are those who, like James Matsumoto Omura, were courageous enough to speak and act in an exceedingly moral manner during a time of dire crisis, when it was not popular or even acceptable for them to do so, irrespective of the price that they had to pay.” 

—Art Hansen, editor of Nisei Naysayer

In the long line of historians, journalists, and biographers who have studied the forced incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, there has only recently emerged a ...

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Mas Arai’s Last Mystery: Interview with Naomi Hirahara

“I [accepted a] writing fellowship in Kansas to focus on the novel that I had been working on for years. When I returned to LA, I again needed work and began writing biographies for the Japanese American National Museum. And then my novel began to morph into a mystery, which turned out to the perfect container for my story and protagonist, Mas Arai.”

—Naomi Hirahara, author of Hiroshima Boy

Acclaimed author of the Mas Arai mysteries Naomi Hirahara is coming to the Japanese American National Museum on March 17. She will be discussing and reading from her most recent book ...

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