Nikkei Chronicles #2: Nikkei+ ~ Stories of Mixed Language, Traditions, Generations & Race ~

Being Nikkei is inherently a state of mixed traditions and cultures.

For many Nikkei communities and families around the world, it is common to use both chopsticks and forks; mix Japanese words with Spanish; or celebrate the New Year’s Eve countdown with champagne and Oshogatsu with ozoni and other Japanese traditions.

Rather than defining “being Nikkei” as being made up of fractions of combined traditions, we prefer to think of it as a rich culture and identity that is enhanced by the multiplicities.

We invite you to submit personal stories and essays, memoirs, academic papers, book reviews, and other prose genre that share your thoughts on how Nikkei around the world perceive and experience being multiracial, multinational, multilingual, and multigenerational. It is our hope that by sharing the multitudes of our experiences, we enhance our ability to better understand who Nikkei are.

All stories submitted for our Nikkei Chronicles #2: Nikkei+ ~ Stories of Mixed Language, Traditions, Generations & Race ~ that meet the project guidelines & criteria will be published in the Discover Nikkei Journal section as part of the Nikkei+ series. Multiple entries per author will be accepted.

Submissions accepted from April 1 until September 30, 2013 at 6pm (PST).

 

Nima-kai Favorites

In addition, each piece submitted to the Nikkei+ anthology will be eligible for selection as our readers’ favorites. Four stories from Nikkei+—one each in the English, Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese language categories—will be selected by our Nima-kai community as their “favorites” through an online voting process. The top favorites will be announced in December 2013 and translated into all four site languages, to be published on Discover Nikkei in Spring 2014.

 

Essential Questions

Questions that might be addressed in your submitted work (but are by no means limited to) include:

  • Is Nikkei identity a matter of blood, kinship, and descent? Or is it a matter of self-identification and affiliation?

  • Does your family mix different languages together during conversations? In one sentence?

  • Have you participated in or witnessed Nikkei weddings, coming of age ceremonies, and other rites that combined multiple religions and traditions?

  • How do you describe your generation if your mother is Issei and your father is Sansei? (Or another combination of mixed generations). Does being a mixed generation Nikkei affect your sense of identity?

If you have a question about whether your idea or topic is appropriate for this project, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Call for Submissions

In order to include your story in the Nikkei+ project, please review the following instructions:

ARTICLES

All submissions must be related to Nikkei experiences, history, and/or culture. Articles must meet the following length, format, and languages criteria:

  • Accepted writing formats: Personal stories and essays, memoirs, academic papers, book reviews, and other prose genres. For this particular project, we are not accepting poetry or video submissions.

  • Accepted languages: English, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese

  • Length:
    English, Spanish, and Portuguese articles should be about 600–1,200 words.
    Japanese articles should be about 800 to 1,800 characters.
  • Foreign words should be italicized.
    For example: My tio Frank made a bento for lunch.

  • All articles should be submitted as Microsoft Word documents. We will NOT accept PDF or printed copies.

  • Previously published works are ok with copyright permission cleared by the author, but your submission cannot be previously published on Discover Nikkei. All copyrights for the piece will remain with the author, but upon submission, permission is granted to Discover Nikkei to publish the work on our website and with any other publication (electronic or print) in collaboration with the Nikkei+ project.

Note: If you have other types of Nikkei-related stories that don’t fit within the Nikkei+ project theme, you can still submit them!
Check out regular Discover Nikkei Journal submission guidelines >>

IMAGES

We encourage applicants to submit at least 1-2 photos to illustrate your story.

  • .jpg or .gif files—72 dpi, at least 600 pixels wide preferred. If you do not have the capability to resize the image, send us the file and we will do it.

  • Only submit images that you either own copyrights or have secured permission to use for this purpose.

  • Provide a caption and/or photo credit for each image if necessary.

  • Do not include images within the Word file. Send image files separately.

AUTHOR INFORMATION

  • Submit a short 3-5 sentence bio written in the same language of the article that you are submitting.

  • Send a portrait of the author as a .jpg or .gif file at 72dpi, at least 200 pxl x 200 pxl. The photo will be cropped to a square image. If you do not have the capability to resize or crop the image, send us the file and we will crop the image for you.

  • Articles written by multiple authors are accepted. In this case, please submit a bio and portrait separately for each author.

 

Deadline for submissions

The deadline for submissions will be rolling: April 1, 2013 until September 30, 2013 at 6pm (PST). Stories will be published on Discover Nikkei beginning in May, so don’t wait until the end to submit!

Multiple submissions are accepted; however we only accept email submissions.

Download the Submissions Checklist (PDF) >>

Disclaimer: By submitting your story, you are granting Discover Nikkei and the Japanese American National Museum permission to post your article and images on DiscoverNikkei.org, and potentially other publications in print or online affiliated with this project. This includes any translations of your work in association with Discover Nikkei. You, the writer, will retain copyright. Check Discover Nikkei’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy for more details.

 

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? GET WRITING & SUBMIT YOUR WORK TO DISCOVER NIKKEI!

E-mail your submission to Editor@DiscoverNikkei.org with subject title:
“Nikkei+– [Contact person’s name]”

Contact us at Editor@DiscoverNikkei.org if you have any questions.

 

Thanks to Patricia Wakida for helping us pull this project together, Jay Horinouchi for designing our cool Nikkei+ logo, and our wonderful volunteers who help us review, edit, upload, and promote this project!

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