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*The term “Nima” comes from combining Nikkei and nakama (Japanese for “colleagues”, or “fellows”, or “circle”).

Nima del Mes

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!

What do you like about Discover Nikkei?

The Nikkei community in the New York City area is relatively small and my extended family lives 3,000 miles away in Seattle and Portland. Discover Nikkei gives me a wonderful opportunity to learn about the rich lives of Nikkei around the world and to feel more connected to our community.

What do you like most about volunteering for Discover Nikkei?

It is a great honor to interview people, to learn about their contributions to their communities, and to write their stories to share with the Discover Nikkei community. Even though the people I’ve interviewed differ from me in terms of family history, geography, and life purpose, we’ve always found meaningful ways to share perspectives and to connect.

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