Kiyoko Nishikawa Aceves

Kiyoko Nishikawa Aceves received a degree in Communication from the Universidad Iberoamericana as well as a diplomado in Research Techniques on Culture, Society and Communication from the same university. She also holds a master's degree in Editorial Processes from the Universidad Abierta de Cataluña. She has performed independent research in the field of Japanese migration since 1996. In 1998, she carried out an oral and visual history project in relation to the Japanese community in Ensenada. She is an active member of the Japanese Association of Ensenada promoting Japanese culture, and was involved in the creation of the Japanese School belonging to the same organization. In 2005, she was named a scholar of the Young Nikkei Leaders Program of Latin America, sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, in Tokyo, Hiroshima and Kyoto.

Updated June 2019

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Totaro and Kazuma Nishikawa: The Legacy of Japanese Fishermen in Baja California - Part 2

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On December 7, 1941, the Japanese navy attacked Pearl Harbor. Although the tension between Japan and the United States catalyzed the imminence of war, the attack on the U.S. naval base in Hawaii surprised everyone.

The news spread like wildfire in Ensenada. The fishermen were on the dock that afternoon when their colleagues rushed to tell them, “War broke out, war broke out! Japan bombed Pearl Harbor!” Their initial reaction was one of great pride at knowing that the attack had been a success; however, at the same time, the news overwhelmed them with uneasiness restlessness ...

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Totaro and Kazuma Nishikawa: The Legacy of Japanese Fishermen in Baja California - Part 1

Two brothers named Totaro and Kazuma Nishikawa formed part of an important wave of Japanese fishermen who settled in Ensenada in the early 1930s. Twenty years before, however, the first Japanese fishermen had already arrived in Baja California, when the Porfirio Díaz administration granted Aurelio Sandoval a fishing permit that Masaharu Kondo, an expert in fishing technology, would subsequently approve upon realizing the fruitfulness of the waters of Baja California.

The fishing industry in the peninsula would enjoy a boom from 1930 until the beginning of World War II, thanks to the permits and investments that various business entities ...

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