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Power of Our Stories

The Power of Persistence: Tour Manzanar with Nell Yukiye Murphy


Inspire Forward: Nikkei Heroes Under 30

Vini Taguchi, A Civil Engineer for Social Justice—Part 2


Inspire Forward: Nikkei Heroes Under 30

Vini Taguchi: A Civil Engineer for Social Justice—Part 1


Vinicius “Vini” Taguchi personifies the cross cultural, interconnected reach of today’s Nikkei community. His outlook is as broad as his background while his occupation and vocation focus on social justice. He’s both issei and gosei (a first generation immigrant more culturally aligned with 4th and 5th generation Japanese Americans), Brazilian …

Telling the Story to Understand the History


When Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and the United States entered WWII, thousands of American citizens who shared ancestry and facial features with the enemy and suddenly faced an overwhelming question. What would they, Japanese Americans, have to do to prove their loyalty to the country of …

A New Mystery Novel, Island Style, from Naomi Hirahara


Hiroyuki Matsugen Matsumoto — Preserving the stories of Nikkei in Hawaii


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


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


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


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

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


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 deserving …

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Esther Newman moved from Encinitas CA to Hawaii in 2016. After a career in marketing and media production for Ohio’s Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, she completed an M.A. in twentieth century American history, concentrating on Latin American Japanese during WWII. Her interests include topics affecting the Japanese Diaspora: internment, migration, assimilation and preserving cultural identity.


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