クリス・コマイ

(Chris Komai)

クリス・コマイ氏はフリーランスライターで、コミュニティ・リレーション・スペシャリストとして40年間リトルトーキョーで活動してきました。コマイは、全米日系人博物館で21年以上広報担当役員を務め、特別イベント、展覧会、公共プログラムの広報を担当しました。博物館での勤務以前は、日英新聞の『羅府新報』で18年間スポーツ記者、編集者、英語編集者を務めました。また、リトルトーキョーコミュニティ評議会およびリトルトーキョー公衆安全協議会の委員を務めています。また、南カリフォルニア二世アスレチック・ユニオン・ボードの野球とバスケットボール部門の30年来のメンバーです。コマイさんはカリフォルニア大学リバーサイド校英文学部卒(文学士:B.A.)です。

(2014年4月 更新)

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より日本的なのは誰?

日本文化を特徴づける強い個性のひとつに、すべての物事に名前をつけ、定義付けようと絶えず努力する姿勢があります。日本人は、考え方や食べ物の種類、特別行事、宗教的儀式、季節の変化、言うなれば生活のすべての側面に名前をつけずにはいられないのです。ですから、日本人や日系アメリカ人が、アメリカに移住した人々とその子孫に、一世、二世、三世、四世、五世、云々と世代ごとに名前をつけていったことは驚くことではありません。日本からの初期移民はある一定の期間(ほとんどが1885年から1924年)に渡米し、その後途絶えたため、このように整然とした分類になりました。戦前は、世代が重なることがなかったのです ...

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Matsuyama Wins Major Gold Tournament, But Collin Morikawa Beat Him To It When He Won PGA Tournament in 2020 

Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama’s recent capturing of the Master’s Golf Championship at the venerable Augusta Country Club in Georgia is one of the greatest individual achievements for an athlete from Japan. What’s interesting for me is that while I was happy for Matsuyama, his victory was not as impactful as previous Japanese sports achievements once were to me. The reason in this case is Collin Morikawa and a new generation of Japanese American athletes.

First, Morikawa is a young professional golfer whose father Blaine’s family has roots in Hawaii. Collin, whose mother is Chinese American, embodies ...

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Coming Home to Heart Mountain: A Sansei Daughter Uncovers Her Family History to Fulfill Her Mother's Hidden Dream

When I attended college at UC Riverside closing in on five decades ago, I took a sociology class on Japanese Americans and World War II. Like many Sansei, I knew very little about my family’s experiences during the war, but I was stunned at the enormity of the events that swept up our Japanese American community. After being rebuffed by my mother to share her memories of camp, I went to the college library and was dismayed to find how little scholarship existed on the forced removal and mass incarceration of 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry almost 30 ...

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ニッケイ物語9—勝敗を超えて: ニッケイスポーツ

Exceeding All Expectations

Keston Hiura has made a habit of breaking barriers and smashing stereotypes on his way to major league success.

Most sports fans understand that the challenges for any young man or woman to achieve a career in professional sports are numerous and often unforgiving. But some of the toughest hurdles are the perceptions or misperceptions that certain scouts may hold involving a prospect’s size, character, background or even ethnicity.

Keston Hiura heard that he had a perceived weakness that had nothing to do with his baseball abilities, but instead focused on his overall priorities: the fact that he intended ...

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Howard Kakudo: Disney Animator Shared His Talents While Imprisoned at Poston Camp

In seeking to preserve and share the Japanese American experience, the Japanese American National Museum maintains the largest collection of its kind in the world. While clearly a serious and scholarly endeavor, the collection also contains items that touch on popular culture and (dare we say) are fun.

The holiday card created by Howard Kakudo while at the World War II Poston concentration camp in Arizona, is such an item. Kakudo worked in animation for Walt Disney Productions before the war on such iconic projects as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and Pinocchio (1940). His camp drawing depicting ...

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