Eri Kameyama

Eri Kameyama recientemente se graduó del Asian American Studies Master’s Program de UCLA (Programa de Maestría de Estudios Asiático Americanos de UCLA) en donde completó su maestría titulada “Acts of Being and Belonging: Negotiating Shin-Issei Transnational Identities”. Actualmente trabaja para JACL –Distrito Pacífico Sudoeste como asociada del programa.

Última actualización en septiembre de 2012 

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Crónicas Nikkei #1 — ¡ITADAKIMASU! Sabores de La Cultura Nikkei

Temaki Zushi: Una fiesta de bienvenida a casa

La comida es una parte tan esencial de la vida, no solamente porque nos provee de los nutrientes y las calorías necesarias para subsistir, sino porque a menudo el comer es un acto de socialización. Mi madre siempre decía, “El poder disfrutar de la comida es una bendición. El día que no pueda saborear más, será un día muy triste”. Cuando oí que mi abuela en Japón ya no cocina más porque no puede sacar bien los sabores y por consiguiente perdió su placer por cocinar para su esposo, las palabras ...

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Expatriated Identity

I once read an article on “Accidental Americans.” I believe there are many ways to become an “Accidental American.” For Vietnamese Americans, perhaps their parents fled after the Fall of Saigon. Or for some undocumented immigrants, perhaps America is the only country they ever knew because their parents immigrated when they were too young to remember. Neither of these Americans chose their own destiny to become a part of United States. I have my own story of how I became an “Accidental American.”

I am a part of a new wave of Japanese immigrants. Japanese born and American raised. I ...

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Restaurant Row, Mitsuwa Marketplace: The Production and Consumption of Japan outside of Japan - Part 2

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The Atmosphere: People, Spatiality, and Food

There are several entrances to this particular Mitsuwa Marketplace. The biggest entrance, however, is on the north end and shoppers who enter there are forced to walk through Restaurant Row to get into the grocery store. Although the appearance and décor of Restaurant Row varies by location, the one in Torrance is exceptionally different. All of the independent restaurants, with their individual traditional Japanese-styled roofs, give off the feeling of walking down an alleyway in the middle of some historical Japanese town such as Kyoto. The seating is also interesting ...

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Restaurant Row, Mitsuwa Marketplace: The Production and Consumption of Japan outside of Japan - Part 1

The trick is to first empty one packet of “gu” into a small bowl, then pour in hot water (around 160ml). Then, add the miso packet and stir well.1

These are the directions from my instant miso-soup packets—a modern invention of freeze dried wakame, tofu, onion and non-perishable miso purchased from Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance, California that gives my taste buds a small journey to my homeland, Japan. Mitsuwa is an amazing place. In entering the Japanese supermarket, I am surrounded by Nihon. The familiar smells of fresh sashimi and vegetables, the sight of kanji, the sounds of ...

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