Nikkei Chronicles #7: Nikkei Roots: Digging into Our Cultural Heritage

What does being Nikkei mean to you? How does your Nikkei identity reveal itself in your day-to-day life? What activities do you engage in to maintain traditions from Japan? Most importantly, how do you stay connected to your roots, whether individually or collectively? When or how you really feel like a Nikkei?

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Zenshuji Soto Mission Obon and Nishi Hongwanji LA Obon - July 8, 2007

On July 8, 2007, I attended both the Zenshuji Soto Mission and the Nishi Hongwanji LA obons in Little Tokyo, California. These two temples host their obons on the same weekend every year, making for a bit of friendly competition. It was my first time at both obons, so I ...
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Art_Hansen (California, United States)

Art Hansen is Professor Emeritus of History and Asian American Studies at California State University, Fullerton, where he retired in 2008 as the director of the Center for Oral and Public History. He has worked with the Japanese American National Museum staff on numerous projects, including Discover Nikkei, and has published many articles and book reviews in various publications.

Art has been contributing articles to our site since 2009 and was previously selected Nima of the Month in May 2013. We asked him a few questions about the importance of Discover Nikkei.

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