Myra Nishizaki

Myra Nishizaki es una japonesa americana de cuarta generación y nativa de Los Angeles. Una hapa de herencia japonesa y caucásica, Myra no estuvo expuesta completamente a la cultura japonesa mientras crecía en su hogar. Fue a través de su abuela nisei que desarrollo su interés en los estudios japoneses y japoneses americanos. Myra posee un grado de Bachiller en Artes por la Universidad de California, en San Diego, de donde egresó con Diploma de Estudios Internacionales, con énfasis en Ciencias Políticas y Estudios Japoneses. También pasó un año en la Universidad de Keio en Tokio, Japón. 

Última actualización enero de 2012

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Leyendo entre los dobleces: Una entrevista con la voluntaria del JANM Ruthie Kitagawa

Ruthie Kitagawa, la actual instructora de origami y voluntaria del Japanese American National Museum (Museo Nacional Japonés Americano) desde la apertura del museo, ha sido miembro activa en la comunidad por más de dos décadas. Y como muchos voluntarios del JANM, las historias personales y familiares de Ruthie son las que la trajeron al museo. Su amor por la familia y todo lo que involucre las artes y manualidades son inspiraciones permanentes para Ruthie, y cuentan una historia de por qué su trabajo en el JANM continúa siendo una importante parte de su vida hoy en ...

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Hafu: A documentary film about hafus by hafus

The documentary examines multiracial and multicultural narratives in modern Japan. 

In a country often perceived and proclaimed to be racially and culturally homogeneous, shifting demographics in Japan are challenging what it means to be “Japanese.” International marriages have steadily risen over the years in Japan and 1 in 49 babies are now born to mixed-race parents.

Hafu: the mixed race experience in Japan is a documentary that investigateswhat it means to be multiracial and multicultural in a society where common beliefs link Japanese identity to both cultural and phenotypic characteristics.

Five “hafus”—the Japanese word for people who are half-Japanese ...

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The Girl with Hair like the Sun: An interview with author, Claire Mix

Claire Mix will never forget the day she first learned of the harsh realities that Japanese Americans faced during World War II and the role that her mother played in that dark period of United States’ history.

Claire was exposed to this part of history by two people she held in the highest regard—her mother, Ruth Mix and actor, George Takei, best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu on the “Star Trek” series. At thirteen-years old, Claire—a science fiction fanatic and “huge Star Trek fan”—happened to have quite the crush on Mr. Sulu. So when her ...

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Mountains That Take Wing: Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama—An Insightful Documentary on the Strength & Passion of Two Women

C.A. Griffith and H.T.L. Quan’s inspiring documentary, Mountains That Take Wing—Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama (2010), is a rewarding journey through history with Angela Davis, political activist and distinguished scholar, and Yuri Kochiyama, activist, civil and human rights advocate, and 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, as they discuss their memories and political work over their years as advocates of social justice.

The conversations took place in 1996 and 2008 between the two women and dissect a myriad of topics spanning across decades of history. Beginning with an exchange of stories about their childhoods, Davis and Kochiyama ...

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