Nikkei Writers Guild

The Japanese American Living Legacy organization created a new working committee, the Nikkei Writers Guild, poised to focus on publishing literary works regarding the Japanese American community. This new working group addresses the need to encourage Japanese American authors to publish literary works that portray the many facets of our community.

The Nikkei Writers Guild plans to supplement publishing expenses for first-time authors. The degree of financial support will be determined on a case-by-case basis. JA Living Legacy will introduce its authors to the diverse community network as part of a marketing base; connecting our community through literature is a natural extension of our organization’s mission.
 

COMING SOON!

  • Echoes of Silence 100th/442nd/MIS by Americans of Japanese Ancestry World War II Memorial Alliance (expected publication date Memorial Day 2015)

 

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PUBLICATIONS

The Odyssey of Mineo Inuzuka, My Life My Way - Written by Russell K. Shoho; edited by Ray Uyemura

Nikkei Writers Guild has published Russell Shoho's second book, The Odyssey of Mineo Inuzuka, My Life My Way. As Russell Shoho conveys in his book, "The reasons for my writing this story about Mineo Inuzuka are two-fold: (1) admiration and respect of an outstanding decorated individual whose exploits and courage are legendary, and (2) realization of the need to document his accomplishments for posterity and to perpetuate this legacy. Once these memories are gone, his stories may be irretrievably lost."

Who would have thought that such an “uncommon individual” could come from such humble beginnings? From a small agricultural enclave of Portland, Oregon in the 1920s came a most amazing individual. This snapshot of Mineo Inuzuka’s life represents the author’s unswerving dedication to preserving Mineo’s life experiences as a testimony of the human spirit. The Odyssey of Mineo Inuzuka, My Life My Way is more than a typical biography. It challenges readers to live life fearlessly! Mineo believes that “Anyone can do it!” As you follow Mineo through his military experiences and his trip around the world, you can’t help but be amazed by his unrelenting pursuit of living his dreams.

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An Astronaut’s Legacy: The Story of Ellison S. Onizuka - Written by Lisa Nikaido Arakaki

An Astronaut’s Legacy: The Story of Ellison S. Onizuka will be the ninth book published by Nikkei Writers Guild, a division of Japanese American Living Legacy. This is Lisa Nikaido Arakaki's first publication and Nikkei Writers Guild’s first female author and children's story.

It's been 26 years since the space shuttle Challenger disaster. For many of us who witnessed the horror of that flight, the reality of spaceflight’s risks curtailed whimsical fantasies of traveling to the moon in the near future. For the Nikkei community, it was especially heartbreaking - we lost our hometown hero, Ellison S. Onizuka. Since then, books, stories and articles have been written about the disaster but not too much is known about the quiet sansei astronaut. Arakaki introduces Onizuka's life in illustrations so that his life story can be experienced by younger generations. Illustrator Mitchell Fong, a native from Hawaii, worked to bring Arakaki's words to life. Together with Sonny Abalos from Phase Two Graphics, the final piece has come alive!

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Proud To Serve - Published in partnership with the Rafu Shimpo Newspaper

The Rafu Shimpo and Japanese American Living Legacy have partnered to create a keepsake book, Proud to Serve that contains the names of 20,000 Nisei men and women who served during World War II. The book will be over 400 pages with a color paperback cover. Along with Proud to Serve will be a special edition of the Rafu Shimpo dedicated specifically to the Congressional Gold Medal, regional ceremonies, and other articles, many never before published. It’s a once in a lifetime treasure!

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GO FOR BROKE! ME AND THE WAR - Written By Isami (Mike) Tsuji; edited by Ray Uyemura

Isami Tsuji’s Go For Broke: Me and the War presents an unabashed and refreshing perspective of World War II as experienced by an ordinary guy thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Tsuji’s detailed accounts transport readers to a period in his life that nurtured his humanity. The stories of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team are legend, heralding feats of courage and perseverance. This latest story will endear readers by introducing them to an often untold side of that war that reveals the many battles our community’s soldiers faced within themselves.

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NIKKEI ADMIRALS AND GENERALS - Written By Mas Uchima and Min Shinmoto; Edited by Jordan Ikeda

Nikkei Writers Guild, a division of Japanese American Living Legacy, published our fifth book, NIKKEI ADMIRALS AND GENERALS. This collection of biographies is the first to illustrate the accomplishments of those Nikkei in the American military who have risen to the rank of Admiral or General. Nowhere else can you find this much information on the true legacy of Japanese Americans in the military. Nikkei Generals and Admirals will be offered at an introductory price of $32 (includes tax).

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SEINAN - SOUTHWEST LOS ANGELES, Stories and Experiences from Residents of Japanese Ancestry - Written By Mas Uchima and Min Shinmoto; Edited by Ray Uyemura

Uchima and Shinmoto include the community’s religious institutions, language schools, public schools, social clubs, veterans who were killed-in-action and various biographical profiles of families that lived in Seinan during the early 1920s through just after World War II. Many photographs and illustrations are also included to help readers visualize this snapshot in the history of the Nikkei community in Southwest Los Angeles.

The authors were mindful to put this community snapshot in a historical context so that readers would understand the significance of the early immigrant Issei pioneers, the effects of rampant racism, the need to coexist with the surrounding Black community, the disruptive force of Executive Order 9066 and a community that tried to hold itself together through an ugly war to provide a firm stepping stone toward today’s Japanese American community in Southern California.

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TALK STORY Written By Ted Miyamoto

“Talk Story” is based on Ted Miyamoto’s childhood memories of growing up on a sugar plantation on the island of Maui. Many photographs and stories were collected to illustrate life on the islands prior to World War II. Although all of the sugar plantations have left Maui, this book will educate people of a time gone by. Ted Miyamoto died on April 12, 2010 at Queens Hospital in Hawaii. His wife, children and family were with him.

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FROM THE BATTLEFIELDS TO THE HOMEFRONT, THE KAZUO MASUDA LEGACY - Narrated By Masao Masuda (Kazuo's Older Brother) and written by Russell K. Shoho

Available beginning Memorial Day 2009, this book includes the story of Kazuo Masuda, the struggles his family endured during and after World War II and ultimately the legacy this young man left behind; it also contains numerous never before seen photos provided by the Masuda family. Read the story of Kazuo Masuda and understand that his sacrifice represents one of over 800 Japanese American men who gave their lives for America’s freedom during World War II.

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WOLFHOUND SAMURAI - By Vincent H. Okamoto

WOLFHOUND SAMURAI is the story of one Japanese American soldier's experience during his tour of duty in Vietnam. Earning the respect of his men, cradling his humanity, and later being heralded a hero ... come at an unimaginable price. The second edition of Wolfhound Samurai contains never before seen photos of the author. The second edition is available in both paperback ($25) and hardback ($35). The original first edition, paperback copy is still for sale for $15.

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