Nikkei-go: The Language of Family, Community, and Culture

Arigatobaka, 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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COPANI 2013: "What is Nikkei?"

The term “Nikkei” has multiple and diverse meanings depending on situations, places, and environments. In collaboration with COPANI 2013, Discover Nikkei, a project of the Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, CA), has organized a photo activity that asks the question, “What does ‘Nikkei’ mean to you?” Here, we share ...

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Join the Discover Nikkei global community, where our Nima connect and share! Our Nima-kai community includes people around the world interested in learning about and sharing the Nikkei experience. Meet some of our Nima:

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Nima of the Month

kikerenzo (Lima, Peru)

kikerenzo (Enrique Higa Sakuda) is a Peruvian Sansei journalist and Lima–based correspondent for the International Press, a Spanish-language weekly published in Japan. Since 2009, he has posted over 50 stories on Discover Nikkei about Peruvian Nikkei people, history, and culture, primarily through our long-time partnering organization, Asociación Peruano Japonesa. He also served on the editorial committee for Nikkei Chronicles 4: Nikkei Family—Memories, Traditions, and Values.

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