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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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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Totaro y Kazuma Nishikawa: El legado de los pescadores japoneses en Baja California - Parte 2

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El día 7 de diciembre de 1941 la marina japonesa atacó Pearl Harbor. Aunque el ambiente y la tensión entre Japón y Estados Unidos auguraban la inminencia de la guerra, el ataque fulminante a la base naval norteamericana en Hawái sorprendió a todo mundo.

La noticia corrió como reguero de pólvora en Ensenada. Los pescadores se encontraban esa tarde en el muelle cuando otros compañeros se acercaron apresurados a decirles: “¡Estalló la guerra, estalló la guerra!¡Japón bombardeó Bahía Perla!”. La primera reacción de los inmigrantes fue de ...

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Totaro y Kazuma Nishikawa: El legado de los pescadores japoneses en Baja California - Parte 1

Los hermanos Totaro y Kazuma Nishikawa formaron parte de una importante oleada de pescadores japoneses que se instalaron en Ensenada a principios de la década de 1930. Veinte años antes, sin embargo, ya habían llegado los primeros pescadores a Baja California, cuando el gobierno de Porfirio Díaz le otorgó a Aurelio Sandoval concesiones de pesca que Masaharu Kondo, un ingeniero pesquero, aprovecharía posteriormente pues se percató de la gran riqueza que guardaban los mares bajacalifornianos.

La pesca en la península gozaría de un gran auge de 1930 hasta el inicio de la guerra ...

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Kendo Koi y Junsaku Mizusawa: médicos japoneses en Veracruz y Oaxaca

En el año de 1897 empezaron a llegar a México trabajadores japoneses como parte del acuerdo de amistad que se firmó en el año de 1888 entre ambos gobiernos. En un principio arribaron agricultores a Chiapas, obreros a las minas de Coahuila y Chihuahua, jornaleros a Veracruz y pescadores al puerto de Ensenada en Baja California donde se dedicaron a la captura del abulón y de otras especies marinas.

Posteriormente en 1917, gracias a un convenio firmado entre Japón y México, se permitió ejercer libremente la profesión a doctores, dentistas, veterinarios y farmac ...

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