Sharleen Naomi Nakamoto Levine

Sharleen Naomi Nakamoto Levine lives in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, with her husband and two daughters. She is an instructor in American Studies, History, and Women's Studies, at Honolulu Community College. As an historian, she not only researches and writes about her family history, but the related history of Japanese and Filipino women on Hawai‘i's sugar plantations in the early to mid-twentieth century.

Updated October 2011

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

A Jewpanese Name for the Past, Present, and Future

Can parents choose a name that is a reflection of its times, as well as the past, and even the future? I was born on March 19, 1970, at Queen’s Hospital in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, the same hospital where my mother had attended a School of Nursing to become a registered nurse in 1962. I was the second of three girls to Jack and June Nakamoto. My birth certificate lists my full name as Sharleen Naomi Nakamoto.

I have always liked the fact that my first name Sharleen is written to look the way that it sounds, unlike the ...

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