Nikkei Chronicles

Exploring the Nikkei experience theme by theme...story by story

Nikkei Chronicles is a series of annual theme-based writing projects with the overall goal of promoting a more profound understanding of the complex histories and insights of multicultural, multiracial, and multinational people of Japanese descent around the world.

Each year, we will solicit articles around central themes such as Nikkei food culture, Mixed Nikkei identity, etc. The personal stories, essays, academic papers, books reviews, and other prose genres that meet each year’s theme will be published together as a series in Discover Nikkei’s Journal section.

2017
Itadakimasu 2! Another Taste of Nikkei Culture

Of all the Nikkei Chronicles series we’ve hosted so far, the first one—Itadakimasu! A Taste of Nikkei Culture—remains the most popular.

In response to popular demand, we are bringing back this beloved theme for the 2017 edition of Nikkei Chronicles. Itadakimasu 2! Another Taste of Nikkei Culture will revisit the role of food in Nikkei culture. How does the food you eat express your identity? How does food help to connect your community and bring people together? What kinds of recipes have been passed down from generation to generation in your family?

All stories that meet the project guidelines and criteria will be published in the Discover Nikkei Journal on a rolling basis as part of the Itadakimasu 2! series. Stories will be published on Discover Nikkei beginning in June. Stories will be published on Discover Nikkei beginning in June. Multiple entries accepted!

Submissions will be accepted from May 1 until September 30, 2017, at 6 p.m. PDT.

View the submission guidelines >>

 


2016
Nikkei-go: The Language of Family, Community, and Culture

Arigato, baka, sushi, benjo, and shoyu—how often have you used these words? In an informal survey conducted in 2010, we found that these were the most frequently used Japanese words among Japanese Americans living in Southern California.

For Nikkei, the Japanese language symbolizes the culture of one’s ancestors, or the culture that was left behind. Japanese words often get mixed in with the language of the adopted country, creating a fluid, hybrid way of communicating.

Here are the favorite stories selected by our Editorial Committee and Discover Nikkei’s Nima-kai community.

Editorial Committee’s selections:

  • PORTUGUESE:
    Gaijin
    By Heriete Setsuko Shimabukuro Takeda

Nima-kai selection:

 


2015
Nikkei Family: Memories, Traditions, and Values

Nikkei family roles and traditions are unique because they have evolved over many generations, based on various social, political, and cultural experiences in the country they migrated to.

Here are the favorite stories selected by our Editorial Committee and Discover Nikkei’s Nima-kai community. The stories are being translated into our site languages and will be added online.

Editorial Committee’s selections:

Nima-kai selection:

 


2014
Nikkei Names: Taro, John, Juan, João?

What’s in a Name? Nikkei Chronicles #3 explored the meanings, origins, and the untold stories behind personal Nikkei names.

In total, five favorite stories were selected. (One story by the Nima-Kai, and four stories—one each in English, Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese—by our Editorial Committees.)

Here are the selected favorite stories.

Editorial Committee’s selections:

Nima-kai selection:

 


2013
Nikkei+ ~Stories of Mixed Language, Traditions, Generations & Race~

The theme of the Nikkei Chronicles #2 explored how Nikkei around the world perceive and experience being multiracial, multinational, multilingual, and multigenerational.

For this special project, our Nima-kai selected their favorite stories per language.

Here are their favorites:

 


2012
ITADAKIMASU! A Taste of Nikkei Culture

Our inaugural theme was Nikkei food culture and its impact on identity and communities. Submissions are no longer being accepted at this time.

Our Editorial Committee selected their favorite stories in each language.

Here are their favorites:

 


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