Crónicas Nikkei #7 — Raíces Nikkei: Indagando en Nuestra Herencia Cultural

Las historias en la serie Crónicas Nikkei han explorado las diversas maneras en que los nikkei expresan su cultura única, ya sea a través de la comida, el idioma, la familia o la tradición. En esta oportunidad, estamos ahondando más a fondo, ¡hasta llegar a nuestras raíces!

Les pedimos historias desde mayo hasta septiembre de 2018. Todas las 35 historias (22 en inglés, 1 en japonés, 8 en español y 4 en portugués) que recibimos desde Argentina, Brasil, Canadá, Cuba, Japón, México, Perú y los Estados Unidos. 

En esta serie, le pedimos a nuestros Nima-kai votar por sus historias favoritas y a nuestro Comité Editorial elegir sus favoritas. En total, cuatro historias favoritas fueron elegidas.

Aquí estás las historias favoritas elegidas.

  Editorial Committee’s Selections:

  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

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Japanese Hair: A Rambling Exploration of its Cultural, Familial, and Personal Roots

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Becoming Half

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The Power of Dance for Social Advocacy

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Catching Nikkei

Rocking back and forth on top of rolling waves with a cool sea breeze, my arms are burning as I stumble about with my hands curled tightly around my fishing pole. I am being dragged across the boat by a fish on the other end of my line. I concentrate on not losing this fish, but it is pulling so hard that you would think it was a shark. Every time I gain some line on my reel the fish pulls more out to sea. After forty minutes of back and forth with this fish, I finally see it near ...

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