Kizuna 2020: Bondad y solidaridad nikkei durante la pandemia de COVID-19

En japonés, kizuna significa fuertes vínculos emocionales. 

En el 2011, habíamos invitado a nuestra comunidad nikkei global a colaborar con una serie especial sobre cómo las comunidades nikkei respondieron y apoyaron a Japón tras el terremoto y tsunami de Tohoku. Ahora, nos gustaría reunir historias sobre cómo las familias y comunidades nikkei se han visto afectadas y cómo están respondiendo y adaptándose a esta crisis mundial. 

Si te gustaría participar, revisa nuestras pautas de presentación. Recibimos artículos en inglés, japonés, español y/o portugués. Estamos buscando distintas historias de todo el mundo. Esperamos que estas historias ayuden a conectarnos, creando una cápsula del tiempo de respuestas y perspectivas de nuestra comunidad Nima-kai global para el futuro.

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Aunque muchos eventos en todo el mundo han sido cancelados debido a la pandemia del COVID-19, hemos visto que se están organizando muchos nuevos eventos únicamente online. Como son eventos online, cualquier persona puede participar desde cualquier parte del mundo. Si tu organización nikkei está preparando un evento virtual, ¡publícalo en la sección Eventos de Descubra a los Nikkei! Además, compartiremos los eventos en Twitter (@discovernikkei). Esperamos esto nos ayude a conectarnos en nuevas maneras, aún si todos estamos aislados en nuestros hogares.



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How UNICEF Information Helps Us Observe Nikkei Children Living Through a Pandemic and Economic Crisis

While I was observing and communicating with Japanese UNICEF Advocates on the street, some questions came to my mind:

—Do the current pandemic and economic challenges affect the Nikkei communities in different countries the same way? How do the Nikkei communities in different countries perceive economic challenges, racism, prejudice, and even vaccinations?

—For example, do Japanese Peruvians, Japanese Columbians, or Japanese Mexicans face more challenges than Japanese Americans, Japanese Canadians, Japanese Brazilians, or the Japanese in Europe? Or all groups treated the same now, due to the current pandemic?

—Do Nikkei who have privilege take for granted how the pandemic ...

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Japanese Canadian Dance Artist Jennifer Aoki on Adapting and Being Creative During the Pandemic

VANCOUVER — Beautiful, otherworldly domes, filled with artistic displays of lanterns, light, tulle, and wings, illuminated downtown Vancouver this March.

Called “The Love Bubble Project,” the pop-up art installation included over a dozen “love bubbles” placed around downtown Vancouver for the public to discover each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. On Fridays, the love bubbles came to life with dancers performing inside. Within one of those love bubbles, creating improvised dance by responding to the music, people passing by, and the night’s energy was dance artist Jennifer Aoki.

“They’ve created these little worlds,” Aoki tells Nikkei Voice in an interview ...

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Keeping Family Ties

For some of us, an unexpected side effect of COVID-19 has been the increased importance of relationships. As the epidemic progressed, keeping in touch with loved ones has proven challenging. But for Rex Ishikawa’s family, virtual gatherings have been a weekly practice for the past seven years – first via Skype and more recently by Zoom.

Several years ago, Rex moved back to Käne‘ohe after living in Oklahoma for 28 years. He currently helps care for his 93-year-old father, Walter, who is still working at the airport Blind Vendors Ohana! Rex is the father of five adult children ...

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Japanese Canadian Art in the Time of Covid-19 - Part 6: Let’s Dance!

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So far, dancing is not on the list of prohibited activities under the current Ontario Emergency Lockdown.

In Part 6, we’re featuring three JC dancers who make their living as dancers: Vancouver Budoh dancer Jay Hirabayashi, son of Gordon Hirabayashi, and his partner Barb Bourget are the founders and teachers at Kokoro Dance. Denise Fujiwara operates the Fujiwara Dance Inventions in Toronto and Hiroe Hoshi (aka “Nema”) is a well known Victoria, BC belly dancer, performer and teacher.

In going through some of my pictures from my nine years in Japan, I came across one of ...

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A Different Perspective: A Nikkeijin's Questions on Humanity's Responses to Economic Uncertainty

Is ignorance really bliss? What does it mean when people say, “I can’t wait for things to go back to normal”? What is defined as “normal”? Is “going back to normal” achievable after over 2.6 million deaths worldwide due to the Coronavirus—with over 530,000 Coronavirus-related deaths in the US alone? Also, what does it mean to be Economically stable at this point in time?

In this article, I want to reflect from an Economic Anthropological perspective. This means I intend to focus on the issues of humanity neither based on rational decision-making nor based on actual ...

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