José Yoshida Sherikawa

José Yoshida Sherikawa was born in 1935 in Cañete, Perú. He has twice served as vice president of La Unión Stadium Association (Asociación Estadio La Unión, or AELU) and was a member of the group that organized the first Peruvian Nisei Symposium in 1979. A founding member of the Panamerican Nikkei Association (Asociación Panamericana Nikkei), he spoke at that symposium and at the First Panamerican Nisei Convention in Mexico. He has also participated in the Nikkei Leaders Program of the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

Updated September 2021

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Nikkei Chronicles #10—Nikkei Generations: Connecting Families & Communities

An Unfortunate Break

They arrived in Peru on the same ship, the SS Hong Kong Maru. Four passengers among a small group of immigrants from Saga-Kiushu Prefecture, who, because their hometowns were close to each other, began a close friendship, one that could even be described as a “close brotherhood.” 

For five years they worked together at the Santa Barbara and Casa Blanca de Cañete plantations that belonged to British Sugar, 140 kilometers south of Lima.

Once their work contracts had ended, two of them, who I’ll call Tamotsu san and Tsunesuke san, moved to the city of Pisco, 90 kilometers south …

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Nikkei Chronicles #10—Nikkei Generations: Connecting Families & Communities

Recuerdos de la niñez

Soy un peruano hijo de japoneses, un nisei, nacido antes de la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Soy parte de una generación en curso de desaparición. Vivimos el cambio de ser “japoneses nacidos en el Perú”, para luego de los años, pasar a ser “los peruanos hijos de japoneses”.

Tuvimos el privilegio de vivir el gradual proceso de integración a la sociedad mayor, dejando atrás nuestra situación de sujetos “discriminados y discriminantes”, para convertirnos en los “nisei peruanos orgullos de ser lo que somos”.

Durante nuestra niñez ocurrieron hechos que, con el avance de la humanidad, jamás volverán a ocurrir. Pero ocurrieron …

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