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Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Care Is Free: Behind the Scenes with Two Nikkei Sisters and 35 Care Packages

Tamiko Nimura

In October 2020, Tamiko and Teruko Nimura were asked to create a community engagement public art project for Tacoma Arts Month (a month celebrating arts and artists in Tacoma). They drew on their Japanese American heritage and created a batch of care packages which they distributed all over Tacoma, Tamiko ...

A Conversation With Aya Hashiguchi Clark on the Past, Present, and Future of Japanese American Theater

Tamiko Nimura

Given COVID-19 circumstances, the state of live theater in America is changing radically in 2020–but it is also changing because of the social uprisings and racial reckonings. Veteran Tacoma producer, actress, and writer Aya Hashiguchi Clark has had much to say lately around these changes, and I wanted to ...

Behind the Tadaima! Scenes with Kimiko Marr of Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages 

Tamiko Nimura


Keywords For Being Nikkei In A Moment of Racial Reckoning

Tamiko Nimura


Persimmon and Frog: Reading a Kibei-Nisei Tacoma Artist's Journey

Tamiko Nimura

In 2014, I had visited Tacoma artist Fumiko Kimura in order to profile her for a retrospective exhibition at Tacoma Community College. Kimura’s story and artistic journey fascinated me. When I met her, she was a Kibei-Nisei artist in her 80s. Last year, she celebrated her 90th birthday. She ...

Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Learning From the Issei Grandfather I Never Met

Tamiko Nimura

“What you are feeling is grief,” says the article from Harvard Business Review. And yes, living in COVID-19 in Washington State, March 2020 feels like a kind of grief, even though I have grieved before. But the waking up to a profoundly altered reality each day, each wave a fresh ...

‘Working With Communities And The People’: A Conversation With Yonsei Pastor Karen Yokota Love 

Tamiko Nimura

For a layperson, picturing a call into ministry might look like a voice from on high, literally calling someone to their service.

Giving with Gratitude: The Nisei Student Relocation Commemorative Fund

Tamiko Nimura

“They were at a picnic in New Hampshire,” says Jean Hibino. Her Nisei parents were UC Berkeley students during World War II, and though they were imprisoned at Tanforan and then Topaz, their time in camp was brief. Thanks to the National Japanese American Student Relocation Council, which operated from ...

The Way of the Nisei Artist: A Tribute to My Uncle, Hiroshi Kashiwagi

Tamiko Nimura

In 1993, I was at long choir rehearsal in college. My friend Marcy was taking Asian American Literature that semester, and during one of the breaks I glanced over at what she was studying.

“A Pacific Ocean For The Entire World”—The Panama Canal and Its Nikkei Ties to the Pacific Northwest

Tamiko Nimura

“The little package of questions for which your parents don’t have answers,” says Mizu Sugimura, “they will give to you.”

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Tamiko Nimura is an Asian American writer living in Tacoma, Washington. Her training in literature and American ethnic studies (MA, PhD, University of Washington) prepared her to research, document, and tell the stories of people of color. She has been writing for Discover Nikkei since 2008.

Tamiko just published her first book, Rosa Franklin: A Life in Health Care, Public Service, and Social Justice (Washington State Legislature Oral History Program, 2020). Her second book is a co-written graphic novel, titled We Hereby Refuse: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration (Chin Music Press/Wing Luke Asian Museum, forthcoming February 9, 2021). She is working on a memoir called PILGRIMAGE.

Intereses Nikkei

  • historias de comunidades
  • historias familias
  • festivales/matsuri
  • japonesa/comida nikkei
  • Japantowns
  • taiko

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