ミア・ナカジ・モニエ

(Mia Nakaji Monnier)

ミア・ナカジ・モニエさんは、日本人の母とアメリカ人の父のもと、パサダナに生まれ、日本の京都、バーモントの小さな町、テキサス郊外など、11の異なる都市や町に住みました。現在、羅府新報とハイフンマガジンのために執筆する他、カヤ・プレスでインターンシップを行い、USC(南カリフォルニア大学)でノンフィクション・ライティングを学んでいます。モニエさんへのお問い合わせはこちらからどうぞ: miamonnier@gmail.com.

(2013年2月 更新) 

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アジア系、NOTハパ

私の母は、大阪出身の日本人で、父は、オレゴン州西部の小さな町の出身です。私のような人を称する、最近特に西海岸で使用されている、おそらく最も有名なのはアーティストのキップ・フルベックにより認知されるようになった言葉があります。

「ハパ」です。

ハワイの言葉、「ハパ・ハオレ(白人とのハーフ)」に由来するこの「ハパ」という呼称は、アジア人を祖先に持つ多民族の人々のアイデンティティとして、誇りや曖昧さを含んで使われています。

でも、私は使いません。

「ハパ」が嫌な言葉だとは思いませんが、私の両親は、私たち兄弟を育てる中で ...

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Full Disclosure: How My Ambiguous Looks Mean I’m Constantly Coming Out as Biracial

Some years ago, an old friend stopped in L.A. for her summer job, driving across the country in a classic car to promote a vacation rental company. I went out to meet her and her driving partner near their rental in Hollywood, and in an act of company-paid luxury unthinkable to fresh-from-college me, we took a cab to The Stinking Rose for dinner. We settled around our booth table in a dark corner of the restaurant for a meal of garlic dishes, and Liz and John began telling stories about their trip.

Liz and I had met in Texas ...

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A Conversation with Nancy Oda, President of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition

Nancy Oda was very happily retired when she learned about Tuna Canyon.

“Very happily retired,” she says for a second time. “It was like a call to action.”

We’re sitting together in the small back room of the Hirasaki National Resource Center at the Japanese American National Museum, just past Only the Oaks Remain: The Story of Tuna Canyon Detention Station, the special display that Oda helped to develop. Four years ago, she may not have heard of the historic site, but it’s since become a central part of her life.

“I’m really happy when I go ...

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Sewing Lessons

My mom and I discovered the Japanese fabric store together two years ago. Under a blue awning, in a part of town we rarely went, these Japanese-print clothes hung in the window, and we both stopped to admire them. The store gave lessons, so we signed up, and for some Saturdays in a row, we sat across from each other at sewing machines, making our own clothes.

It’s hard to untangle all these parts of a simple story about sewing together, mother and daughter. First, there’s the part about making things by hand, like she taught me to ...

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My Life with the Anime Nerds

Last month, I worked at Kinokuniya Bookstore’s booth at Anime Expo for the second year in a row. For two days, I stood in front of a display of posters, phone charms, and T-shirts featuring half-naked manga characters, both female and male. And for two days, I tried not to embarrass customers who walked shyly up to the register, asking if I could take a few life-size, cartoon-girl body-pillowcases out of their plastic packages, so they could see which one they wanted.

I have no interest in anime or manga, and other than a short, obligatory obsession with Pokemon ...

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