Shizue Seigel

Shizue Seigel explores history, place, and spirituality through photographic and mixed media, painting, poetry and prose. She has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. Solo shows include Double Vision: A Celebration of Hybridity, Ephemeral Allure, and Laramie Myths and Realities. She authored In Good Conscience: Supporting Japanese Americans during the Internment and is former editor of NJAHS’s Nikkei Heritage magazine. Her poetry and prose have appeared in several anthologies and in the Nikkei press. http://shizueseigel.com Exhibition images at www.flickr.com (Shizue Seigel).

Updated June 2012

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The Sansei Perspective

The Japanese American experience has rarely been examined through a Sansei lens. Art by first-generation Issei and second-generation Nisei who were among the 120,000 incarcerated in American concentration camps during World War II has been well-documented, as has the heavily assimilated and media-centric landscape of younger API artists. But the third-generation Sansei have remained a shadow or sandwich generation subsumed between survivor guilt and filial piety on the one hand and kodomo no tame ni (sacrifice for our children) on the other.

The Issei identity was defined by immigration, the Nisei by the mass incarceration. But what does it ...

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Nikkei Heritage

Intermarriages and Hapas: An Overview - Part 2

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Current Japanese American Attitudes

Intermarriage has been a major, and controversial, topic of discussion within the Japanese American community over the years. The Pacific Citizen has consistently afforded a forum for some of this discussion (particularly the Holiday Issue, December 20-27, 1985). As more and more marriages across culture and race occurred, unresolved questions, opinions and prejudices surfaced.

For many years, people who were of mixed race were seen as a loss to the community. Some people went so far as to state that intermarriage was worse than internment as an assault on the JA community. The assumption ...

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Nikkei Heritage

Intermarriages and Hapas: An Overview - Part 1

To be biracial and Japanese American means having many different labels from which to choose. For this historical overview, we will use “Hapa”, a term popularized by the Hapa Issues Forum, to mean people who have an Asian/Asian Pacific Islander parent and a parent of any other race. Our focus here is on those with a Japanese or a Japanese American parent.

There is no single Hapa experience. Over the decades, Hapas have had widely different experiences based on individual circumstance and background, as well as the time period and environment into which they were born. The history of ...

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