Crónicas Nikkei 8 — Héroes Nikkei: Pioneros, Modelos a Seguir e Inspiraciones

La palabra “héroe” puede significar diferentes cosas para diferentes personas. Para esta serie, hemos explorado la idea de lo que es un héroe nikkei y de lo que esto significa para diversas personas. ¿Quién es tu héroe? ¿Cuál es su historia? y ¿de qué manera ha influido en tu identidad nikkei o tu conexión con tu herencia nikkei?

Les pedimos historias desde mayo hasta septiembre de 2019, y la votación concluyó el 12 de noviembre de 2019. Todas las 32 historias (16 en inglés, 2 en japonés, 11 en español y 3 en portugués) que recibimos desde Argentina, Australia, Brasil, Canadá, Japón, los Estados Unidos, México y Perú.

Aquí están las historias favoritas seleccionadas por nuestro comité editorial y la comunidad Nima-kai. 


Las elegidas del Comité Editorial:

La elegida por Nima-Kai:

Para saber más sobre este proyecto de escritura >>


Mira también estas series de Crónicas Nikkei:

#1: ¡ITADAKIMASU! Sabores de la cultura nikkei 
#2: Nikkei+ ~ Historias de Lenguaje, Tradiciones, Generaciones y Raza Mixtos ~
#3: Nombres Nikkei: ¿Taro, John, Juan, João?
#4: La Familia Nikkei: Memorias, Tradiciones, y Valoress
#5: Nikkei-go: El idioma de la familia, la comunidad y la cultura
#6: ¡Itadakimasu 2! Otros sabores de la cultura nikkei
#7: Raíces Nikkei: Indagando en Nuestra Herencia Cultural

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Hakujin Heroes

“Nikkei Heroes,” the theme of the JANM's Discover NIkkei project, to capture stories about Japanese American trailblazers, role models, and inspirations has featured many Nikkei heroes from the Issei to current generations. Many of the stories are about people who would never consider themselves as trailblazers or role models.

I previously wrote about some of my heroes such as Senator Daniel Inouye, George “Joe” Sakata, and my father, Bill Hosokawa. While searching my memories of my childhood at Heart Mountain Relocation Center and afterward, I have memories of “Hakujin Heroes” such as Ross Wilbur and Pauline Lynam.

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Brigadier General Kendall J. Fielder: Champion of the Nisei in World War II

A few years ago, my wife and I visited the Punchbowl Cemetery in Hawaii in search of her grandparents’ grave. At the visitor’s center, we were met by two Japanese American (JA) World War II veterans. When I mentioned we were searching for Brigadier General Kendall Jordan Fielder’s grave, one of them responded, “Oh! He saved our bacon several times during World War II.” Without Fielder’s influence in the early days of World War II, the fate of nearly 160,000 people of Japanese descent in Hawaii, might have been drastically different.

In November 1938, “Wooch,” a ...

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Medal of Honor Heroes: Daniel Inouye and Joe Sakato

Heart Mountain, Wyoming, 1943. My uncle Kenney Miyake visited us. Uncle Kenney is my mother’s brother. They were born in Portland, Oregon. He wore the uniform of the 442nd Infantry Battalion.

He reached into his travel bag and showed me his Army 45, a monster gun in my little hands. On his uniform was a medal, a Purple Heart because he was wounded in Italy. I wanted to wear a uniform just like my Uncle Kenney. I wanted to be a soldier, but I was only three years old.

After Heart Mountain, during my childhood, boys liked to ...

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Second Hand War Stories

In the 17 years I was able to spend with my grandfather, Herbert Seijin Ginoza, he rarely told me about himself. Most stories I heard were told second hand, by my father or great-aunts and uncles. But the stories I heard, I remembered. He would have been reluctant to be called a hero, but to me, that’s what these stories made him. When he died, I worried that his stories would die too. That’s why, one afternoon in the middle of a power outage, I sat down to interview my father, Otis Ginoza, and to record his version ...

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The ‘Mightiest Duck’ of Them All, Paul Kariya

ANAHEIM, Calif. — In 1992, Walt Disney Pictures released the first in a trilogy of sports comedy/drama films called, The Mighty Ducks. A year later, Disney founded the NHL franchise team The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

With its inception at the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, the team selected their first ever pick, a young talented Japanese Canadian from North Vancouver, B.C., Paul Kariya. He was fourth overall in the draft and playing for the University of Maine. This would queue the opening scene to a dramatic hall of fame career. Following a World Championship gold medal and Olympic Games ...

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