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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Breve historia de mi ídolo

Conocí a George Chinen cuando comenzaba mi adolescencia. Había nacido en el barco en el que su familia viajaba hacia Argentina, mientras ya navegaba dentro de la plataforma del territorio argentino, por lo que fue declarado ciudadano argentino. Su padre era Shigeo Chinen, miembro destacado de la colectividad nipona, proveniente de Okinawa, quien llegó a ser presidente de esa asociación, con conexiones sociales y políticas muy poderosas.

Su intensa vida social lo relacionó con personajes de la historia nacional e incluso bautizó a George por el rito católico, eligiendo como padrinos a quienes entonces eran las ...

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Meu tio inesquecível

Criança ainda, costumava ler uma revista de circulação mensal que até hoje existe, na qual tinha uma seção chamada “Meu tipo inesquecível”, a minha preferida, onde era retratada a vida de personagens marcantes. Pessoas comuns que, por suas qualidades ou atitudes, haviam se destacado ou influenciado a vida de outras, igualmente comuns.

Uma figura inesquecível para mim foi o Tio Yotiam ou Tim para muitos, meu falecido tio pelo lado materno, que nos deixou um legado de coisas boas e alegres, além de uma imensa saudade. A lembrança do Tio Yotiam não ...

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