Discover Nikkei Program—Combining Culinary Cultures: A Conversation with Nikkei Chefs

Saturday, December 3 • 3 p.m. (PST)

Join us for a conversation with noted Nikkei chefs—Niki Nakayama of n/naka (Los Angeles, CA, US), Telma Shiraishi of Restaurante Aizomê (São Paulo, Brazil), and Roger Arakaki of Sushi Ito (Lima, Peru).

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Drawing the Line: Japanese American Art, Design & Activism in Post-War Los Angeles

The exhibition, Drawing the Line: Japanese American Art, Design & Activism in Post-War Los Angeles, is on view at the Japanese American National Museum from October 15, 2011 through February 19, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA. Drawing the Line explores the cultural resonance of several key Japanese American artists in …


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Nima of the Month

karenkawa7 (New York, United States)

Karen Kawaguchi is a writer based in New York City. She was born in Tokyo to a Japanese mother and a Nisei father from Seattle, but grew up primarily in the Chicago area, before moving to Okinawa where she attended high school. Following graduation from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, she lived in Washington, DC; Dallas; and Seattle. She recently retired as an editor in educational publishing, having worked for Heinemann, Pearson, and other leading publishers. She volunteers for Literacy Partners (adult ESL) and enjoys going to Japan Society, art museums, and botanical gardens. She feels fortunate to be able to draw deeply from the three cultures in her life: Japanese, American, and Japanese-American.

Karen began volunteering for Discover Nikkei in April 2022, and has already written articles for the Inspire Forward: Nikkei Heroes Under 30 series and an interview with Mitch Homma about the importance of preserving and sharing family history. We look forward to presenting more stories by her in the future!

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