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Nikkei Associations: Bunkyo Youth Commission

Henrique Minatogawa

The Comissao de Jovens do Bunkyo (CJB, Bunkyo Youth Commission) is a section of the Sociedade Brasileira de Cultura Japonesa e Assistência Social – Bunkyo (Brazilian Society of Japanese Culture and Social Assistance), an entity that promotes Japanese culture in Brazil, whose head office is located at Liberdade district, S ...

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

What is my name? Diana, Keiko, Ando-san, Mrs. Ono, Diana-san, Auntie Diana???

Diana Keiko Ando-Ono

Now, that I’m in my 50’s I can say that I’ve gone through many name changes. 

Growing up in Orange County I went by Diana Keiko Ando until college when I spent my junior year abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo. It was then in 1976 that ...

A Young Nisei’s Life, Reimagined

Arthur A. Hansen

I knew of Gene Oishi, the Nisei author of Fox Drum Bebop, well before I actually met him. This was because in 1968 he became implicated in a national (even international) cause célèbre for his victimization in a high-profile racist episode. Then a Baltimore Sun reporter, Oishi was ...

Histórias de Decasséguis

第二十三話 (前編)「来ないでいい」と言いたかったが

Laura Honda-Hasegawa


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 ...



Nikkei Names: Taro, John, Juan, João?

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