ニッケイ物語#3 — ニッケイ人の名前:太郎、ジョン、フアン、ジョアオ?

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What’s In a Name? For Me, Someone Liked Ike

All parents ruminate on what to name their child.

They go through baby-naming books. Suggestions from family and friends. Fads of the day. Boy, girl, the process is nearly ceaseless. Sleepless nights. And even after the baby is born, there are still days, perhaps weeks that go by with nary a name but the sex of the child.

I have the extra benefit of being Japanese American. Traditionally, many third and fourth generation JAs had a Japanese middle name. It was optional. A number of my cousins did not.

My mom wanted a girl. She professed to me as an ...

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Does a Name Have Any Power?

A few years ago, I was working at a company in Tokyo and had a chance to be a conversational partner of some Japanese English learners. If it had been a job at a regular English school (or an eikaiwa—English conversation—school), I would not have gotten the opportunity in the first place, mainly because of my all-too-Japanese look which would make the student feel that she is talking to a girl next door or a distant relative whom she’s meeting for the first time.

To this day, for the great majority of Japanese people, including my parents ...

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A importância do nome e do sobrenome

Na minha cidade natal, Bastos, que é a mais japonesa das cidades do Brasil, as mulheres até a minha faixa etária eram educadas a deixar o sobrenome de família e adotar o sobrenome do marido ao se casarem. Eu também aceitei isto com naturalidade. Lembro que os pais choravam quando a filha se casava e festejavam quando o filho se casava.

Antigamente, no caso de filha única, os pais faziam questão que registrassem seus primeiros netos com o sobrenome de família e não com o sobrenome do pai da criança, ou convidavam o genro ...

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That’s Not My Name

I grew up resenting my name. It was too ethnic, too different, too confusing.

My mother is a third-generation Japanese American. My maternal grandparents were children of Japanese-speaking farmers who had emigrated to the United States before WWII and subsequently were interned (at the same camp, no less). My mother and her siblings do not speak Japanese nor do they have Japanese names because, according to my late grandfather, they were Americans. And this is not Japan.

My late father was a proud Italian who never sought U.S. citizenship because, to him, no other country in the world is ...

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Don’t Call Me Victoria, Vicki, Vikki, or Binky…

When my mother was pregnant with me…in the time before ultrasounds…Dr. Shigekawa (many Los Angeles area Japanese Americans of several generations were delivered by her) told her that I would be a boy. So, my parents had decided to name me Richard Murakami.

When I came out…surprise! It’s a girl! I’ve never asked why, but my mother decided to name me after a soap opera character—Victoria from One Life to Live. However, they didn’t name me “Victoria”—my legal name is “Vicky.” The character’s nickname is Vikki (who also suffers from multiple ...

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