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Nikkei Chronicles #3: Nikkei Names: Taro, John, Juan, João?

The Child of a Thousand Generations

Chanda Ishisaka

The story of my middle name brought pride and also pressure to me at a young age. My middle name is Chiyoko, named after my grandmother Chiyoko, my father’s mother. My grandmother suffered from stomach cancer before I was born. She tried to stay alive to see me born ...

My Name is Neal

Journal Entry #5 Bad Habits: "More Hashi Hi-Jinks..."

Neal Yamamoto

A weekly visual journal/cartoon about an easily-annoyed fourth generation American of Japanese descent. This week, “Chopsticks Taboos I Routinely Commit (Oopsie!)”…


Nikkei Chronicles #3: Nikkei Names: Taro, John, Juan, João?

Sobre Nomes Japoneses

Jorge Nagao

Nome japonês sempre soou esquisito para os ouvidos do brasileiro. Então, o pioneiro não só adotou nome brasileiro para si como também passou a batizar seus filhos com nome de "gaijin". E tem aquela história do issei que registrou o filho como Sugiro porque ouviu ...

Uncle, The Imperial Dancer: A well-traveled performer of stage and screen is profiled in a forthcoming book by his nephew

Michael Goro Takeuchi

The elderly man leaned on his walker while shuffling across the wood-stained floor, pulling behind him what amounted to his life-support system. The wheels creaked, and were severely in need of a couple of squirts of WD40.


Nikkei Chronicles #3: Nikkei Names: Taro, John, Juan, João?

What’s in My Name? A Big River and Lots of Family Stories

Lorene Oikawa

Lorene is my first name. My mother chose my name for me. She liked the sound of the name, but not its typical spelling “Laureen” so she says she changed it. It wasn’t a familiar name especially in classrooms where most girls had names like Cathy, Susan, and Cindy ...

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Nikkei Names: Taro, John, Juan, João?

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