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?

名前にはどんな意味があるのでしょう?このシリーズでは、名前の意味や起源など、日系人の名前(姓、名前、あだ名を含む)にまつわるこれまで語られることのなかったストーリーを紹介します。

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My father died when I was young, but I remember he explained to me that he chose my name carefully and that the kanji (Chinese character) for “Nori” meant “wise teacher.” I know it is an old tradition in Chinese and Japanese culture to select the name based on a parent’s desire and prediction for the future of ...

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As most Nikkei, you probably have encountered multiple mispronunciations of your surname, myself included. I can relate to the “butchering” of the mispronunciation of my last name, Ishikawa. The worst examples come over the telephone by telemarketers. If they can’t pronounce ...

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After our family left the interment camp at Minidoka, Idaho, my father changed the family name from Uyesugi to Wesley. Wesley was the replacement chosen because of the ...

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