Anna K. Stahl

Anna K. Stahl is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Stahl, a mixed-race couple, half Caucasian and half Japanese. Anna is a fiction writer and a literature/writing professor based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and writing in the Spanish language. Her fiction and analytical essays often explore cross-cultural experiences; her work is recognized as a new voice for this theme in the Spanish language. She is married to a South American, and they have a young daughter who continues (and indeed expands) the multicultural dynamic.

Updated April 2012

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The Cajun Nikkei - Part 3 of 5

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Izumi family:

Like the Yenaris, the Izumis were interned in Rohwer and were one of the last families to leave camp. Mr. Izumi was in the newspaper business and could not find work after the war had ended. With few options, he moved his family to New Orleans. Eventually, Mr. Izumi met a man named C. D. Hoi, a Chinese businessman who hired him to sell shrimp.1 Although neither spoke the other's language, they communicated by writing everything in Chinese characters.

The Izumi's daughter, Setsuko, was a teenager at the time and recalls her ...

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The Cajun Nikkei - Part 2 of 5

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In the oral history tradition, here are some stories from some of the Nikkei’s families in Louisiana:

Imahara family:

A native of Watsonville, California, Nisei James Imahara was a successful Nikkei farmer who raised strawberries and fruit trees in Sacramento. He married Haruka Sunada, a Kibei Nisei and had nine children. Along with other Japanese Americans, the Imaharas were interned in Arkansas, and Mr. Imahara lost his entire life's efforts.

After the War, the Imaharas moved to New Orleans. Although the treatment of Japanese and Japanese Americans could not be compared to that on the ...

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The Cajun Nikkei - Part 1 of 5

Japanese and Japanese Americans are certainly a minority in Louisiana, but are nevertheless a viable and tight-knit community. Numbering in the hundreds, families generally lived peacefully next to their non-Japanese neighbors, and joined together during special occasions such as New Year's or Children's Day. Even during difficult times, families would help one another both financially and emotionally. In contrast to the Nikkei of the West Coast, they rarely encountered discrimination even during the post-War years when they tried to piece their lives back together.

Before the Second World War, a handful of especially adventurous families had moved eastward ...

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