Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In Japanese, kizuna means strong emotional bonds. In 2011, we invited our global Nikkei community to contribute to a special series about how Nikkei communities reacted to and supported Japan following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Now, we would like to bring together stories about how Nikkei families and communities are being impacted by, and responding and adjusting to this world crisis.

If you would like to participate, please see our submission guidelines. We welcome submissions in English, Japanese, Spanish, and/or Portuguese, and are seeking diverse stories from around the world. We hope that these stories will help to connect us, creating a time capsule of responses and perspectives from our global Nima-kai community for the future.

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Although many events around the world have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have noticed that many new online only events are being organized. Since they are online, anyone can participate from anywhere in the world. If your Nikkei organization is planning a virtual event, please post it on Discover Nikkei’s Events section! We will also share the events via Twitter @discovernikkei. Hopefully, it will help to connect us in new ways, even as we are all isolated in our homes.

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Learning From the Issei Grandfather I Never Met

“What you are feeling is grief,” says the article from Harvard Business Review. And yes, living in COVID-19 in Washington State, March 2020 feels like a kind of grief, even though I have grieved before. But the waking up to a profoundly altered reality each day, each wave a fresh infusion of loss, or a looming reminder of losses to come—grief feels like an appropriate description.

Honestly, the way that I dealt with grief in the past was to avoid. I avoided through hyperactivity, through overachievement, anything to avoid feeling grief. Learning the skill of grieving has really taken ...

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COVID-19 e seu impacto na vida dos nikkeis brasileiros

Como tem ocorrido em outros países, a Covid-19 atingiu o Brasil de forma arrasadora, mostrando aos que nela não acreditavam, a sua malignidade letal.

Em 09 de maio, já foram registrados mais de 10.000 óbitos, com previsão de alcançar números catastróficos nos próximos meses, apesar das medidas de contenção tomadas pelas autoridades sanitárias do país. Adotou-se a quarentena horizontal para tentar combater o mal. Com isso, fecharam-se as portas do comércio e da indústria; proibiu-se a movimentação das pessoas. Apenas, algumas atividades consideradas essenciais continuaram funcionando ...

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El arte siempre une: ilustrando sobre el coronavirus

Al principio, la primera reacción social promovida por el gobierno peruano debido a la emergencia sanitaria que originó el virus covid-19 fue cumplir una cuarentena estricta para evitar el contagio que se ha convertido en una catastrófica pandemia. A muchos les pareció peculiar ver las calles vacías, pero pronto este aislamiento desató distintas manifestaciones (creatividad, solidaridad y también de caos y crisis de salud, económica y educativa), que se han hecho notorias durante todas estas estas semanas.

La cuarentena ha causado efectos letales, pero también una respuesta social que, en el caso de los ...

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「元々、僕が日本に対して伝えていることを簡単に言うと、日本人が幸せというものを履き違えていて、お金の奴隷になってしまっている、そのことに気づいてほしいということでした。仕事第一でやっているために家庭内の雰囲気が良くなかったり、またコロナウイルスの問題が起こった時に結局これまで働き方改革を何も進めてこなかったことが露呈したりしたわけです ...

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Un blog de cuarentena

Hasta el 10 de mayo, el Perú seguirá en cuarentena. Yo esperaba ansiosa que terminara este 26 de abril como estaba fijado, pero el virus todavía sigue en las calles. Ni bien termine ese confinamiento, lo primero que voy a hacer es ir al centro comercial, comer en un restaurante y todo lo que ahora no podemos hacer. Pero lo que más quiero es ver a gente sin mascarillas y que ahora ocultan su rostro. No es lo mismo ver a otra persona a través de una pantalla. En mi casa, no hay nadie, excepto yo, y ...

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