Nikkei Chronicles #8 — Nikkei Heroes: Trailblazers, Role Models, and Inspirations

Submissions for Nikkei Heroes closed on September 30. Thank you very much to everyone who submitted stories!

Read the Nikkei Heroes stories and help select the Nima-kai community favorite.

*We received reports of technical difficulties in creating accounts for voting. We have decided to extend the voting deadline to November 15. Please contact Editor@DiscoverNikkei.org if you have any issues creating your account.

The word “hero” can mean different things to different people. For Nikkei Chronicles 8—Nikkei Heroes: Trailblazers, Role Models, Inspiration, we want to explore the idea of a Nikkei hero and what it means to a variety of people. Who is your hero? What is their story? How have they influenced your Nikkei identity or your connection to your Nikkei heritage?

We invite you to submit your stories, essays, and other prose works. Subjects must be Nikkei or have some meaningful connection to the Nikkei community. Authors may submit multiple entries. Submissions will be accepted from May 1 until September 30, 2019, at 6 p.m. PDT. All stories submitted that meet the project guidelines and criteria will be published in the Discover Nikkei Journal on a rolling basis as part of the Nikkei Heroes series.

For more information, visit 5dn.org/heroes.


Check out these other Nikkei Chronicles series:

#1: ITADAKIMASU! A Taste of Nikkei Culture
#2: Nikkei+ ~ Stories of Mixed Language, Traditions, Generations & Race ~
#3: Nikkei Names: Taro, John, Juan, João?
#4: Nikkei Family: Memories, Traditions, and Values
#5: Nikkei-go: The Language of Family, Community, and Culture
#6: Itadakimasu 2!: Another Taste of Nikkei Culture
#7: Nikkei Roots: Digging into Our Cultural Heritage

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Unsung Heroes of the Japanese Canadian Internment

In present day Canada, the high profile Nikkei we hear of so often are people like David Suzuki, Joy Kogawa, Muriel Kitagawa, Thomas Shoyama, Santa Ono, Raymond Moriyama, Art Miki, Mary and Tosh Kitagawa, and athletes like Paul Kariya (hockey), Nathan Hirayama (Rugby 7), Vicky Sunohara (Olympic hockey), Special Olympic skier Brian McKeever and the Hall of Fame Vancouver Asahi baseball team (1914-1941).

From 1942-1949, during the forced relocation from the B.C. coast beyond the 100-mile radius east to various internment camps, who were the unsung heroes? This is my list.

Nikkei Women:

When the federal government of Canada ...

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私のルーツ ~大藤松五郎の足跡~

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Mi oba, ¡qué mejor inspiración!

¿Quién me inspira a ser mejor? Creo que mi oba. Aunque hasta ahora, no sé cómo ella hacía para luchar contra los problemas, salir adelante y ayudar a los demás. Y, como si fuera una heroína, nunca esperaba nada a cambio.

Mi oba tenía 92 años cuando falleció y yo, 9. ¡Había más de 80 años de diferencia entre nosotras! Y creo que eso le daba cierto “halo” de misterio a mi oba. Nunca me contó sobre su historia. Apenas soltaba comentarios espontáneamente, de cuatro o cinco palabras, que ...

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Heróis: sonho, trabalho e transformação

Oh! Sonhos! Sonhos! Sonhos! Nada está finalizado pela mão humana, principalmente quando ela está doutro lado do mundo. É com essas mãos calejadas pelo tempo, pela história, que o peso da cultura transforma a terra em arte, moldando a argila, religando cada elemento até chegar ao produto final. Tudo parece pronto e acabado. Não, nada disso está terminado até porque cada peça vai ser única e a natureza fará seu retoque final.

As marcas entre o vivido, o presente e o futuro são cada vez mais fortes, elas vêm unidas como um Sísifo ...

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Cynthia: Mil grullas, una flor de cerezo y la fugacidad de la vida

Desde que tengo memoria, como todo aquel que nació en el Perú en los años noventa, Japón ha estado muy presente en mi vida. Cómo olvidar la primera vez que sintonicé y vi por primera vez Dragon Ball o Saint Seiya, o incluso Dekirukana o Teatro de Marionetas. El haber nacido y vivido en Jesús María, cerca del Centro Cultural Peruano Japonés, también hizo que desde pequeño me emocionara mucho por aprender más sobre esta cultura tan interesante. No obstante, no sería sino hasta un tiempo después que terminar ...

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