ニッケイ物語#7 — ニッケイ・ルーツ:私たちの文化の足跡をたどる

これまでの「ニッケイ物語」シリーズでは、食、言語、家族や伝統など、日系人特有のさまざまな文化を探求してきました。今回は、ニッケイ文化をより深く、私たちのルーツまで掘り下げました。

ディスカバー・ニッケイでは、2018年5月から9月までストーリーを募集し、全35作品(英語:22、日本語:1、スペイン語:8、ポルトガル語:4)が、アルゼンチン、ブラジル、カナダ、キューバ、日本、メキシコ、ペルー、米国より寄せられました。このシリーズでは、ニマ会メンバーによる投票と編集委員による選考によってお気に入り作品を選ばせていただきました。その結果、全5作品が選ばれました。

お気に入り作品はこちらです!

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その他のニッケイ物語シリーズ: 

#1: いただきます!ニッケイ食文化を味わう 
#2: ニッケイ+ ~混ざり合う言語、伝統、世代、人種の物語~ 
#3: ニッケイ人の名前:太郎、ジョン、フアン、ジョアオ? 
#4: ニッケイ・ファミリー: 記憶、伝統、家族観 
#5: ニッケイ語:家族、コミュニティ、文化の言葉  
#6: いただきます 2!新・ニッケイ食文化を味わう

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Magic, the Nikkei Way

Since the age of ten I’ve been a magician. I spent many hours during my childhood wearing a top hat and cape, waving a wand and brandishing a deck of cards. I’ve long since abandoned those Victorian accoutrements but have continued to work sleight of hand amusements for audiences in hotel banquet halls, living rooms, and theaters.

As in other art forms, the world of magic looks to master practitioners of its past. The magic inventions of these past masters all carry the stamp of their individual styles—a sleight of hand sequence with cards by Dai Vernon ...

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Si caes siete veces, levántate ocho

Recuerdo que estaba jugando después de un almuerzo preparado con especial esmero, cuando mi okasan se acercó y me toco el hombro: “¿ves a ese hombre que está ahí? Él va a ser tu esposo”. Me pareció guapo.

Tu ojichan fue un hombre maravilloso, cayó varias veces pero siempre tuvo la fuerza y el valor para levantarse y reinventarse. Un hombre de honor, descendiente de samuráis y uno de los pocos japoneses de su época que obtuvo un título de Negocios en la Universidad de Waseda.

¿Sabías que él fue el primero de la colonia japonesa ...

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Hometowns

I wanted to walk where my grandparents, Hikosaburo Okamura and Tsuru Uyeta, walked.

In the early 1900s, they left Japan and came to America. I did not speak Japanese. My grandparents did not speak English. I remembered no stories about their lives in Japan.

There is a Japanese song, Furusato by Angela Aki, which says:

“Home is always calling out my name.”

If I visited their Hometowns, would they call out my name?

The unprepared visitor

One month before my Japan trip, I did not know my ancestral villages. My grandparents came from Fukuoka, Japan. This is an area the ...

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Meeting the Kumamoto Relatives

My first trip to Japan was in the summer of 2016. I was very nervous about meeting my recently-discovered Minami relatives, on my dad's mother's side. What  if  I didn't like them or if they didn't like us? I brought a whole suitcase of gifts or omiyage, carefully selected from Trader Joe's.

I was visiting my son, Kenzo, who was doing a semester of study abroad during his junior year at U.C. Berkeley. The last time we had traveled together had been when he was in high school, not happy to travel with mom ...

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From Lung to Ito

I am a third generation Chinese American, born on the island of Oahu during the great depression. My grandparents came from Canton, China and, at that time, the Hawaiian Islands were governed by the Royal Hawaiian Kingdom, King Kamehameha’s descendants. When I was born, Hawaii was still a territory of the United States Citizens in Hawaii had no voting rights until the Hawaiian Islands became a State on August 21, l959. By that time, I was twenty-seven years old.

Growing up in the Islands was very carefree for me. Kids mostly did not wear shoes, walked to school unescorted ...

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