Chris Komai

Chris Komai es un escritor independiente y especialista en relaciones comunitarias, quien ha estado involucrado en Little Tokyo durante cuatro décadas. Fue Oficial de Información Pública del Museo Nacional Japonés Americano por más de 21 años, donde manejó la publicidad para los eventos especiales, exhibiciones y programas públicos de la organización. Antes de eso, Komai trabajó para el diario japonés-estadounidense The Rafu Shimpo durante 18 años como escritor deportivo, editor deportivo y editor en idioma inglés. Además, Komai es miembro de la Junta del Consejo Comunitario de Little Tokyo y de la Junta de la Asociación de Seguridad Pública de Little Tokyo. Ha sido miembro de la Junta Sindical de Atletismo Nisei del Sur de California para las ligas de básquet y béisbol durante 30 años. Obtuvo el grado de bachiller en idioma inglés de la Universidad de California en Riverside.

Última actualización en abril de 2014

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¿Quién es más japonés?

Una marcada característica que distingue a la cultura japonesa es su esfuerzo constante por nombrar y definir todo. Los japoneses tienen una predilección por etiquetar las ideas, los tipos de comida, las ocasiones especiales, las ceremonias religiosas, los cambios de estación y, prácticamente, todos los aspectos de sus vidas. Así que no es de extrañar que los japoneses y los japoneses-estadounidenses tengan nombres específicos para las generaciones de personas que vinieron a los Estados Unidos y sus descendientes: issei, nisei, sansei, yonsei, gosei, etc. Había un orden con estas etiquetas, puesto que la ...

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The Japanese American Basketball Connection - Part 2

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The establishment in 1947 of a Southern California NAU to oversee a basketball league was a very humble beginning. There were just two divisions: AA and A. Gymnasiums were difficult to obtain. Referees were just as scarce. Often, players from other teams in the league were recruited to officiate. Because job opportunities were so limited, money was in short supply. Honda recalled that most players and teams paid their league fees on a “pay as you go” system at a dollar a week. Team entry fees were $15, and the NAU membership was $1 per player. The ...

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The Japanese American Basketball Connection - Part 1

When I was five years old, our family lived in Los Angeles on 12th Avenue, near what was known as the Seinan district. Construction of the Santa Monica Freeway was being planned, and its path went right through our home. Because of this our house was condemned, and our family moved to an unincorporated area of the San Gabriel Valley which became Temple City. At that time there were a lot of dairies and chicken farms there, but few sidewalks. And almost no other Japanese Americans. When my oldest brother graduated from Temple City High School, he was the first ...

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The Unseen Price of Redress

The passage and signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 remains the most significant event for Japanese Americans since World War II. In an unprecedented act of Congress, the U.S. government apologized for its unlawful forced removal and mass incarceration of thousands of people of Japanese ancestry during the war while providing redress payments of $20,000 to the survivors. While the success of the redress campaign represents a breakthrough in asserting political power for our numerically small Nikkei community, it did not come without a cost. The contentiousness within the greater Japanese American community over whether this ...

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Why Hasn’t Ichiro Retired?

Ichiro Suzuki is easily the most accomplished Japanese baseball player to ever compete in Major League Baseball. The Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year in his first season with the Seattle Mariners in 2001, Ichiro is a 10-time All Star who won two batting titles and earned 10 Gold Gloves as the best right fielder in the American League. Before coming to the United States, he won three Most Valuable Player awards in Japan. Yet today, nearing the end of his career at the age of 41, he is laboring almost anonymously as a part time player for ...

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