Nikkei-go: The Language of Family, Community, and Culture
Arigato, baka, sushi, benjo, and shoyu—how often have you used these words? For Nikkei, the Japanese language symbolizes the culture of one’s ancestors. Japanese words often get mixed in with the language of the adopted country, creating a fluid, hybrid way of communicating.
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Contributed by the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.
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skawa2440kuhio (Seiji Kawasaki) is a professor at Tokyo Gakugei University. His areas of expertise include social studies, multicultural education, and Hawai‘i studies. He has been contributing to Discover Nikkei since July 2014, sharing his experiences with Nikkei in Hawaii through the series “‘Honolulu no mukougawa: Hawaii no Nikkei shakai ni mukaerarete (The Other Side of Honolulu: Welcomed into the Nikkei Community in Hawaii)” (available in Japanese only).
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