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*The term “Nima” comes from combining Nikkei and nakama (Japanese for “colleagues”, or “fellows”, or “circle”).

Nima of the Month

CharlesHachiro (British Columbia, Canada)

CharlesHachiro is a Japanese Canadian who grew up in Greenwood in British Columbia, Canada. Since October 2015, he has shared vivid stories about growing up in Canada before, during, and after World War II.

[EN] I didn’t know Discover Nikkei existed, but when Yoko Nishimura wanted to republish my article on grandfather Isaburo’s charcoal kiln restoration project, I found a wonderful website! It was amazing to read stories about other Nikkei from other parts of the world. I especially enjoyed finding out that there were Nikkei living in Cuba! I travelled to South America and I heard that Sao Paulo had many Nikkei, as well as Peru to some extent. However, I didn’t realize that they were forced to relocate. I didn’t know that Peruvian Nikkei were sent to Texas and other states. I saw parallels with the Peruvian Nikkei when they weren’t welcomed back to Peru.

I have many pins and stories of the 442nd RCT, therefore, I really enjoyed the personal stories of these heroes. I watched the movie Go For Broke with Van Johnson back in the early 1950s. The more I read and saw a documentary about them, the more they were heroes of mine. I feel that I know so much more about the Nikkei history of the world. I hope to keep finding many more interesting stories in DN. Very educational for sure.

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