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Read about the Nikkei experience from different perspectives. The Journal includes personal essays, research papers, human interest stories, fiction, opinions, and more.


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My Name is Neal

Journal Entry #3,2,1, Wait, Not Yet!: "I'll Get to It..."

Neal Yamamoto

A weekly visual journal/cartoon about an easily-annoyed fourth generation American of Japanese descent. This week, “How to Procratinate Effectively”…


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

Don’t Call Me Victoria, Vicki, Vikki, or Binky…

Vicky K. Murakami-Tsuda

When my mother was pregnant with me…in the time before ultrasounds…Dr. Shigekawa (many Los Angeles area Japanese Americans of several generations were delivered by her) told her that I would be a boy. So, my parents had decided to name me Richard Murakami.


「米國日系人百年史」を読み直す~パイオニアたちの記録をたどって

第8回 南部加州の日系人~その4

Ryusuke Kawai

第7回 「南部加州の日系人 ~ その3」を読む >>

1000人以上にのぼる個人史が集積

米國日系人百年史は、第二篇で各州における日系人の足跡を追っていて、そのなかでカリフォルニア州が約半分を占めている。一方の足跡については各州、各地域ともページのほとんどを数多くの日系人の個人と一部団体の紹介で埋めている。


Ishikawa's Moment

Chris Komai

In a previous article, I highlighted the fact that the Dodgers and the Giants had three Japanese Americans on their rosters (Darwin Barney and Brandon League for the Dodgers, Travis Ishikawa for the Giants) and how, to my knowledge, this had never happened before. I also pointed out that Ishikawa ...

The Real Lives of Origami Figures

Dare to Dream

Aaron Caycedo-Kimura

I wish I could fold an origami crane that can actually fly.


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