Sergio Hernández Galindo

Sergio Hernández Galindo is a graduate of Colegio de México, where he majored in Japanese studies. He has published numerous articles and books about Japanese emigration to Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America.

His most recent book, Los que vinieron de Nagano. Una migración japonesa a México (Those who came from Nagano: A Japanese migration to Mexico, 2015) tells the stories of emigrants from that prefecture before and after the war. In his well-known book, La guerra contra los japoneses en México. Kiso Tsuru y Masao Imuro, migrantes vigilados (The war against Japanese people in Mexico: Kiso Tsuro and Masao Imuro, migrants under surveillance), he explained the consequences of conflict between the United States and Japan for the Japanese community decades before the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

He has taught classes and led conferences on this topic at universities in Italy, Chile, Peru, and Argentina as well as Japan, where he was part of the group of foreign specialists in the Kanagawa Prefecture and a fellow of the Japan Foundation, affiliated with Yokohama National University. He is currently a professor and researcher with the Historical Studies Unit of Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History.

Updated April 2016

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Fernando Hiramuro and Yasuaki Yamashita: Japanese Mexican survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings – Part 2

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Yasuaki Yamashita was born in 1939 in Nagasaki. Until the second atomic bomb exploded in the city where he was born on August 9, 1945, Yasuaki’s entire life had been one of war, since Japan had been immersed in its occupation of China since 1931, well before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. The long period of sacrifice imposed by these conflicts is known by the Japanese as the “dark valley,” or kurai tanima.

Although Yasuaki grew up during the most difficult part of the war, he still had fun playing with his ...

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Fernando Hiramuro and Yasuaki Yamashita: Japanese Mexican Survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings – Part 1

This August will mark 71 years since the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The people of both cities paid for the end of the war with their own deaths and the destruction of their cities, but those who managed to survive continue to suffer the effects of the radiation left by those terrible weapons.

The war exacted enormous sacrifices from the Japanese people. Before the atomic bombs were dropped, the people of Japan had already suffered tremendously to maintain the war effort demanded by military leaders. Even though the elderly, women, and children ...

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Nikkei Chronicles #5 — Nikkei-go: The Language of Family, Community, and Culture

The Chuo Gakuen School: The Seeds of Prestige for the Japanese Community in Mexico

For 72 years, the Chuo Gakuen school has provided Japanese language and cultural education to Nikkei and Mexican children. The school, located in a modest neighborhood in the center of Mexico City, is celebrating this anniversary thanks to the hard work and tenacity of many people who have made sure this educational project stays alive. Japanese pioneers, since the school’s establishment in 1944, always considered education to be their primary responsibility, in order to create a better future for their children born in Mexico.

The Chuo school was founded during the war, during the most difficult and complicated time ...

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Tatsugoro Matsumoto and the Magic of Jacaranda Trees in Mexico

In 1912, the mayor of Tokyo, Yukio Ozaki, presented the United States with almost 3,000 cherry trees, which were then planted throughout the U.S. capital. In the years that followed, Washington, D.C. came to be covered with millions of cherry blossoms, coloring the city’s landscape every year in early spring.

There was also an effort to plant thousands of cherry trees in Mexico City. During his presidency, Pascual Ortíz Rubio (1930–1932) asked the Japanese government to donate cherry trees to be planted along the city’s principal avenues as a symbol of the friendship ...

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Mitsuko Kasuga: Passion for Tanka in Mexico and Japan

Mitsuko Osaka was born in 1914 in the small town of Ina, Nagano Prefecture, the second of four daughters of the Osaka family. She grew up at the center of a well-off farming family. Her father, in addition to growing silkworms and rice, was the treasurer of a silk farmers’ cooperative. At the time, silk was one of Japan’s most important exports. Sericulture, or silk farming, was a way of life for hundreds of thousands of families in Nagano, as Mitsuko described in one of the first tankas she ever wrote.

the aroma of mulberry
permeates the cocoonery.
my ...

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