a performance of Japanese American memory by Nikiko Masumoto
I live and work on our family farm (Masumoto Family Farm www.masumoto.com) as a farm apprentice and agrarian artist. My current creative endeavors include storytelling (Valley Storytellers Project), performance art, and building community. I work and live in order to create a world I want to live in: one of sustainable food systems, deep memory, and creative connection.
I grew up in the Central Valley and flew away to UC Berkeley. There I earned a BA in Gender & Women's Studies, studied abroad in Mexico for a year, and took an Environmental Studies class that changed my life: it gave me a wider perspective of the role of our organic family farm in the world. I came home inspired to learn to farm. Then, I went away again and earned a MA in Performance as Public Practice from UT Austin. There, I focused my energy on researching my roots. I created a one-woman show out of archives about the Japanese American movement for Redress.
If I had to sum up myself and my work: I am a farmer, performer, writer, and agrarian artist.