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

My name has Asia covered: From Asia Minor to Japan

Troy Ishikawa

What is in a name? Is your name unique? Have you developed your identity around your name? Were you named after a relative, a movie star, or a song title…? Do you happen to have a surname that is also shared by a famous person? These questions and more usually ...

Nikkei Chronicles #1 — ITADAKIMASU! A Taste of Nikkei Culture

Three Generations of Japanese American Cooks and Food: From Grandma to daughter to grandson

Troy Ishikawa

What does your family call Thanksgiving stuffing? In our family, stuffing was called dressing. This food and cooking story entails a tradition that goes back three generations from my maternal grandma, Suye Sakoda to her daughter, Edna Ishikawa, and to me, Troy Ishikawa. Do good cooks run in your family ...

It began with a laugh and ended with a laugh: My interview with Frank Chuman

Troy Ishikawa

I always liked interviewing people. I learned so much more than I could ever imagine, whether for an informational interview or for graduate school research. Most of the interviews I did in the past, I was contextualized to that person and hopefully that person also knew a little something about ...

Coming of Age in San Francisco’s Nihonmachi: How My Parents Met, Married, and Moved - Part 3 of 3

Troy Ishikawa

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Coming of Age in San Francisco’s Nihonmachi: How My Parents Met, Married, and Moved - Part 2 of 3

Troy Ishikawa

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Coming of Age in San Francisco’s Nihonmachi: How My Parents Met, Married, and Moved - Part 1 of 3

Troy Ishikawa

Every young generation creates their own halcyon days; my parents’ generation was no exception. They came of age during the 1930s and ‘40s in San Francisco’s Nihonmachi. They met outside at a car garage in Japan Town in 1938, married by eloping to Reno in 1940, and moved briefly ...

Retracing Part of my Family’s Roots in the Shadow of Sakurajima: Part 2

Troy Ishikawa

>>> Read Part 1 We drive around to a remodeled housing track where once quaint one-story Japanese farmhouses have been replaced with two-story mansions. Did everyone strike money? Aunt Nobu-san still resides in a traditional farmhouse framed with the blue tile roof. She was eating a meal and told us that ...

Retracing Part of My Family’s Roots in the Shadow of Sakurajima: Part 1

Troy Ishikawa

Mesmerized by Sakurajima, a majestic symmetrical-shaped volcano whose seductive plume obscures the top of this mountain crater, I wonder what mysteries may lie hidden beneath. Could one of the many stories revealed under the plume’s shadow contain my mother’s family ancestors?

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