Lane Nishikawa

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Lane Nishikawa
OccupationNovelist, playwright

Lane Nishikawa is a Japanese American actor, filmmaker, playwright and performance artist who was born in Wahiawa, Hawaii and is Sansei (third generation Japanese American)[1] and his work often deals with Asian American history and identity issues. He is widely known for a series of one-man shows, including Life in the Fast Lane, I'm on a Mission From Buddha, Mifune and Me and others. In 2005 he directed the independent feature film, Only the Brave, a fictional account of the rescue of the Lost Battalion by the 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated Japanese American fighting unit during World War II. Nishikawa also starred in the lead role. He has written and directed two short films about World War II veterans, Forgotten Valor and When We Were Warriors.

Nishikawa has a long history in Asian-American theater, having served as artistic director for the Asian American Theater Company, in San Francisco, California for 10 seasons. He was co-artistic director of the Eureka Theatre and resident director at the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.


  • Profiles of Excellence Award – ABC-TV
  • Harvard Foundation Honoree
  • Ruby Yoshino Schaar Playwright Award – National JACL
  • NEA Solo Performance Fellowship


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