Lindsey Sasaki

Lindsey Sasaki, a yonsei, specializes in cross-cultural exchange and training with an emphasis on international migration, ethnic identity, and Latin America. Her research focuses on the Japanese diaspora in Brazil and Peru and the Latin American communities in Japan. In particular, Sasaki attempts to explore how the international flow of young adult Japanese Brazilian university students and factory workers to Japan transforms their individual lives and group membership and how ethnicity and identity boundaries shift and are reconstructed under distinct social, economic, and political contexts.  Sasaki is a faculty member and Ph.D candidate in the international education program at New York University. She received her B.A. in international relations with a minor in Spanish at Pomona College.

Updated December 2011

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Discover Nikkei: Contributions to the XVI COPANI Conference 2011 - Part 3 of 3

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At the COPANI conference, there was an adult program and a separate youth program. The roundtables/workshops were divided into five forums on Friday: 1) Nikkei Professionals and Entrepreneurs, 2) Nikkei Community, 3) Nikkei Youth, 4) Nikkei Culture, and 5) Nikkei Institutions and into two forums on Saturday: 1) Nikkei Entrepreneurs and 2) Japanese Culture Through Soft Power. Panelists discussed topics and themes that ranged from the Dekasegi situation to Taiko in Brazil to the maintenance and sustainability of Japanese language schools in Mexico to the role of Nikkei professionals.

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Discover Nikkei: Contributions to the XVI COPANI Conference 2011 - Part 2 of 3

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The results presented at the COPANI conference were from the five countries with the most respondents: the United States, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, and Chile. The majority of respondents from the United States were from Southern California. For the Latin American countries, responses were primarily from cities with large Nikkei communities: São Paulo, Brazil; Lima, Peru; Mexico City, Mexico; and Viña del Mar, Chile.

Here are some of the most popular results from the survey to our open-ended questions on culture, community, and identity:

Q. What is the most popular “Nikkei” food in your community?

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Discover Nikkei: Contributions to the XVI COPANI Conference 2011 - Part 1 of 3

Discover Nikkei conducted a pilot international survey about Nikkei communities and identities in North America, South America, and Japan. It was the first time that Discover Nikkei launched a survey on an international scale. The results were presented at the XVI Convention of the Association of Pan American Nikkei (COPANI) meeting in Cancún, México from September 1-3, 2011. The theme of the XVI conference was “PORQUE SER NIKKEI NO ES SER DIFERENTE, SINO EL QUE HACE LA DIFERENCIA” (Because being Nikkei is not being different, but making the difference).

The Discover Nikkei project celebrates cultural diversity and aims ...

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