Sheridan Tatsuno

Sheridan Tatsuno is a graduate of Yale and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and has authored two books: The Technopolis Strategy (Prentice-Hall, 1986) and Created in Japan (HarperCollins, 1990). He is a contributing writer to Nikkei Heritage and is an advisor to the National Japanese American Historical Society. He speaks Japanese, Spanish, and French.

Updated Spring 2008.

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Nikkei Heritage

An American in Europe

What is it like to be a Japanese American in Europe, far from one’s family and origins? How does it feel mingling mostly with Caucasians in their culture and language? Since the summer of 1966, I have lived, studied, and worked in numerous European countries.

My experience has been very positive, a nice compliment to my years of studies and professional work in Japan, Asia and Latin America. While Europe is the source of our political, religious and educational systems, it is now undergoing a major transformation due to immigration and the founding of the European Union. As a ...

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Nikkei Heritage

A Meditation on Nikkei Style

How do we define "the way of the Nikkei"? As Japanese Americans assimilate into the wider society through intermarriage and migration, many community leaders have begun to question what constitutes the Nikkei identity and whether our community is disappearing due to lack of new Japanese immigration. Although I understand their concerns, I believe their worries are misplaced for several reasons.

Nikkei identity is not limited to people with two Nikkei parents. Today, up to 90 percent of the Yonsei and Gosei, including all of my nephews and nieces, are "hapa" (half Asian Pacific American) or, as I prefer to call ...

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