2023 Nima of the Month

Nima are members of our Discover Nikkei Nima-kai community. Our Nima of the Month are some of our most active participants. Learn more about them and what they like about Discover Nikkei.

January 2023

roxsylin (California, United States)

Roxsy Lin is a Latinx author/illustrator. She grew up in Merida, Venezuela, but is now based in California, where she works as a freelance illustrator, primarily on children’s books. She believes they can foster community, empathy, and compassion, bringing light to the most challenging times. See more at roxsylin.com.

Roxsy began volunteering for Discover Nikkei this summer and has already created two delightful illustrations to celebrate Christmas and Oshogatsu. We look forward to working with her more this year!

What made you decide to volunteer for Discover Nikkei?

I love Japanese culture. I grew up watching anime as a child. Then as I got older, I developed an interest in Japanese arts. I fell in love with ukiyo-e, sumi-e, and classic Japanese literature. When the opportunity came to volunteer with Discover Nikkei, I couldn’t be more excited. Learning about the Nikkei experience and how Japanese people have integrated into different cultures around the world has been very enriching for me. I’m eager to connect with the Discover Nikkei community, and I look forward to keeping illustrating many more exciting topics for them.

Where do you get your ideas for your illustrations?

My main source of inspiration is my childhood memories. I grew up with my mom and grandparents in Merida, a tiny mountain town in Venezuela. My hometown is full of colors, flavors, and music, which I carry around everywhere I go. Those experiences have become an endless source of inspiration for me. The smell of hot guarapo—a delicious drink made out of cane sugar—and the colors of the Frailejon flowers fill my soul with beautiful images. They keep me drawing and writing with the desire to share those memories with lots and lots of people.

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