GIDRA: The Voice of the Asian American Movement


Barefoot Journalism. A three-headed Japanese monster. Youth struggling to define themselves in a society still healing itself yet turning its judgmental eyes upon victims. What relationship could these three entities possibly share?

Celebrating the 30 Year Legacy of the Nikkei Student Union at UCLA

ヨシミ・カワシマ日系学士会 (UCLA)

A room erupts in a roar of laughter, a well-prepared yet spontaneous meeting of the Nikkei Student Union. This joyous gathering is a typical event every Tuesday at 6PM on the UCLA campus, bringing together students who share a common interest—the Japanese American culture. Whether it is the rich history, …

Japanese American Activism: Where Does It Stand Today?

ヨシミ・カワシマ日系学士会 (UCLA)

When we think about Japanese American activism we may immediately think of the iconic 1980s Redress Movement. But what about JA activism today?

42nd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage: The Passage of Time


The dust stirred gently in the opaque light of the rising sun, drifting along the near empty road. Eyes still drowsy from the four-hour trip, mind still struggling to awake from rising with the dawn light, we finally reached the parking lot which would lead to the Manzanar National Historic …

Intertwining a People's History and a People's Identity: An Intern's Reflections


When I first applied for the George and Sakaye Community Internship through the UCLA Asian American Studies Center I felt it important to expand my horizons and further delve into the history and current conditions of the Japanese American community. However, the Japanese American National Museum was a daunting choice. …

Conceiving the Notion of “Japanese” through Language


Entertainment and media are meant to appeal to a wide audience and superficially anime are just that: they're cartoons.  Some of them are ridiculously cheesy; some are so easily predictable it’s almost laughable. But oftentimes it is the whimsical and seemingly impractical things our imaginations whip up that reveal the …

The Next Generation: The UCLA Nikkei Student Union


Aside from all the great events that were offered and the memories created in the Nikkei Student Union during my freshman year, I will never forget what ran across my mind when I attended the first meeting: I have never seen SO MANY Nikkei before in my life. 

Don Nakanishi: The Roots of an Asian American Studies Visionary


After 20 years as director of the University of California, Los Angeles’ Asian American Studies Center (AASC), Professor Don Nakanishi retired from his tenure in July 2009. A dedicated and visionary leader, Professor Nakanishi has made instrumental changes in making the AASC flourish into the nation’s premier research center in …

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Yoshimi is a former intern of Discover Nikkei during the summer of 2009 and started her engagement with the JA community when she joined the Nikkei Student Union and Kyodo Taiko team at UCLA during her college career.


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