Javier García Wong-Kit

Journalist, with a degree in Communication Sciences, and instructor at San Martín de Porres University in Lima. He writes about gastronomy for the Gestión newspaper and publishes stories and profiles in Kaikan magazine, published by the Japanese Peruvian Association. You can find his blog at www.viajesdeescritorio.lamula.pe.

Updated April 2015


community en ja es

Chancay Nikko: A Documentary with Memory

The history of the Japanese-Peruvian community has many chapters, although some have been lost in the memories of the immigrants who arrived to work on the plantations of northern Peru without knowing how to speak Spanish. Many of them kept their memories to themselves. Interestingly, Japanese schools are a crucial element for understanding those times and how the first generations of Nikkei were educated.

In 2017, the Chancay Nikko school has played a key role in two important events that have helped recover the history of the oldest Japanese-Peruvian school in the northern part of the country. The first is ...

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Sandra Nakamura: Her Space, Her Language

There are as many artistic manifestations as there are artists in existence. Each artist seems to build their own universe of techniques, methods and meanings in their work. The work of Sandra Nakamura Lam (born in Lima in 1981) is particular, combining historical research, spatial design, definition of concepts and social significance.

Much of Sandra’s work stems from her professional training in architecture, which she left behind after discovering a preference for creativity over functionality, following the sense of stimulation she’d always found in the arts. “Being an artist is a vocation more than a profession,” she says ...

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Nikkei Soccer Players: The Stories Behind the Ball - Part 2

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Nikkei names delighted Peruvian soccer fans from the 1950s to the 1980s, and in subsequent decades this wave of enthusiasm expanded to other countries. And just like with the Iwasaki brothers, there was yet another story of Nikkei brothers. There was no shortage of Asian names among the 16 teams in the national league, which was known as the "decentralized league" because it resulted from the consolidation of the regional and metropolitan leagues.

When "Coki" Hirano moved to Japan to play soccer in 1980, he was joined by forward Emilio Murakami. Two years later, they met on ...

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Nikkei Soccer Players; The Stories Behind the Ball - Part 1

Passion for soccer knows no boundaries and has become widespread among descendants of the Japanese who arrived in Peru more than 90 years ago from a country with little affinity for the sport. What they found in Peru was overwhelming devotion that led them to participate at a professional level starting in the 1950s, with many playing for the national team.

Some names have been lost to poor record-keeping or they simply slipped under the radar in the long list of Peruvian soccer players, in the lower and youth categories, as well as the second division and regional leagues. Others ...

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The Japanese Language in Peruvian Speech

Languages crossed national borders well before globalization and today, in any part of the world, you can hear other languages spoken with both native and foreign accents. But what causes one language to incorporate words from another language and appropriate them for everyday use?

Japanese culture figures prominently in Peru, as does the Japanese language, which has been assimilated by young people and adults through consumption of diverse products, media figures, and colloquial usage. It’s not surprising, then, that some Japanese words are not identified as Japanese despite being used frequently.

As with English, certain terms have become universal ...

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