Awakening the archives of japanese american history through arts & story-telling, memory-mapping, & intergenerational dialogue

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A living history: mapping our collective memories

YMP is collaborating with the Central Valley Japanese American community to map sites of significance. Visit our live map to learn about the history of struggle and resilience in California's Central Valley.

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Nikiko and Brynn perform " Hold This Stone ," an evening of original poetry and performance in Fresno, CA

Nikiko and Brynn perform "Hold This Stone," an evening of original poetry and performance in Fresno, CA

The Yonsei Memory Project is a collaboration between nikiko masumoto & Brynn Saito

BRYNN SAITO is a fourth generation Japanese and Korean American poet and educator. She is the author of two books of poetry, Power Made Us Swoon (2016) and The Palace of Contemplating Departure (2013), published by Red Hen Press. Brynn teaches in the Master of Fine Arts creative writing program at California State University, Fresno. More about Brynn's work at

NIKIKO MASUMOTO is hapa-yonsei, organic farmer, community leader, and artist. Ms. Masumoto works with the same soil in the Central Valley of California that her issei grandparents nurtured. Her creative work includes performance and writing: a one-woman show about redress, “What We Could Carry,” and two books co-authored with family members, The Perfect Peach and Changing Season. More about Nikiko's work at

Learn more about YMP in the Pacific Citizen's recent article, "California Yonsei Lead Memory Work," and by going to "Our Story."




We are grateful for all of our community support!

The Yonsei Memory Project is funded by the California State Library's Civil Liberties Public Education Program grant through our fiscal sponsor, the Fresno Arts Council.

We are also supported by donations from our many community supporters.


Contact YMP

We look forward to hearing from you! Please fill out the form below to get in touch with the Yonsei Memory Project.

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If you are interested in donating to the Yonsei Memory Project, please address checks to the Fresno Arts Council, our fiscal sponsor, and mail to:

The Fresno Arts Council

1245 Van Ness Ave

Fresno, CA 93721

YMP logo designed by Mae Espejo

YMP logo designed by Mae Espejo

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