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Nikkei Chronicles #3 — Nikkei Names: Taro, John, Juan, João?

Does a Name Have Any Power?

Mina Otsuka

A few years ago, I was working at a company in Tokyo and had a chance to be a conversational partner of some Japanese English learners. If it had been a job at a regular English school (or an eikaiwa—English conversation—school), I would not have gotten the opportunity ...

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

Japanese or American? Let me decide who I am!

Mina Otsuka

You’re bilingual! Hey I wanna hear you speak English! Can you say something in English? Here in Japan, my English stands out as a skill that’s still “rare” enough to get people’s attention, both among my close Japanese friends and total strangers whenever I throw out random ...

Becoming American: What America Taught Me

Mina Otsuka

There is a clear difference between Japanese Americans and the Japanese in America. I myself was not aware of this difference at first. At the age of sixteen, I moved to the US with my family. Being an adolescent was difficult enough, yet I had to say goodbye to every ...

Remembering Fred Korematsu

Mina Otsuka

I came across an interview clip on YouTube about one Japanese TV drama titled “Japanese-Americans: Ninety-Nine Years of Love.” The story featured the history of Japanese-Americans, focusing on the first and second generation Japanese immigrants, one of the first groups of Japanese who moved to America in the early 1900s ...

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I'm a Japanese/English translator and writer. I'm more humble when talking in Japanese and writing in English. I'm more outspoken when talking in English and writing in Japanese.

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