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Nikkei in Cuba: Reflections from Three U.S. Nikkei Groups

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Discover Nikkei presented "Nikkei in Cuba: Reflections from Three U.S. Nikkei Groups" on Saturday, September 6, 2008 at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in Los Angeles, California.

Three U.S. groups: Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress, Tsukimi Kai and Choodee Without Borders visited Nikkei communities in Cuba on different occasions in the name of international goodwill and culture exchange. There, they were greeted by a number of local people in the Nikkei community and learned about their history and together they bonded through shared cultural identity and immigrant experiences. The three groups shared accounts of their visits at this Discover Nikkei event. You can watch video of the panel presentations in this collection.

Learn more about the Nikkei in Cuba in the Discover Nikkei Wiki in a paper prepared by Steve Wake of Tsukimi Kai.

You can also read Lesley Chinen's account of the Choodee Without Borders trip in this four-part series:
Meeting Cubanchu "Cousins" - Worldwide Uchinanchu Join Cuba’s Okinawans in Celebrating Their Centennial

Slides in this album 

Shiisaa Lion Dance

A cultural performance by Tsukimi Kai opened up the program held at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy.

Okinawan Lion
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Maki Tanaka

The program was moderated by Maki Tanaka, a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociocultural Anthropology at University of California, Berkeley.

Maki Tanaka
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Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress

pictured: Kathy Masaoka Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress, formerly known as National Coalition for Redress / Reparations, actively participates in the defense of civil rights for all people as well as a continued commitment to redress for Japanese Americans and Japanese Latin Americans. NCRR sent a delegation of 18 ...

Kathy Masaoka
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VIDEO: Nikkei in Cuba - Part 1

Kathy Masaoka Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress

Nikkei in Cuba - Part 1
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Jenni Kuida Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress

Jennifer Kuida
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Sandy Maeshiro Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress

Sandy Maeshiro
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VIDEO: Nikkei in Cuba - Part 2

Sandy Maeshiro Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress Jenny Kuida Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress

Nikkei in Cuba - Part 2
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Tsukimi Kai

pictured: Grace Shimizu The word “tsukimi” suggests the circumstance of people divided by distance yet appreciating the beauty of the same bright moon. Tsukimi Kai is an intergenerational group of predominately Nikkei artists, performers, educators, and scholars who share a goal to explore and celebrate the parallel histories of Japanese ...

Grace Shimizu
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VIDEO: Nikkei in Cuba - Part 3

Grace Shimizu Tsukimi Kai

Nikkei in Cuba - Part 3
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Mateo Reyes Tsukimi Kai

Mateo Reyes
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VIDEO: Nikkei in Cuba - Part 4

Mateo Reyes Tsukimi Kai

Nikkei in Cuba - Part 4
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Amanda Wake Tsukimi Kai

Amanda Wake
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VIDEO: Nikkei in Cuba - Part 5

Amanda Wake Tsukimi Kai

Nikkei in Cuba - Part 5
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Steven Wake Tsukimi Kai

Steve Wake
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VIDEO: Nikkei in Cuba - Part 6

Steven Wake Tsukimi Kai

Nikkei in Cuba - Part 6
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Wesley Ueunten Tsukimi Kai

Wesley Ueunten
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VIDEO: Nikkei in Cuba - Part 7

Wesley Ueunten Tsukimi Kai

Nikkei in Cuba - Part 7
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Choodee Without Borders

pictured: Ken Tokunaga Choodee Without Borders was formed to connect together Okinawan people worldwide. (“Choodee” is the word for “sibling” in the Okinawan language.) A seven-person team from both the east and west coasts traveled to Cuba to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of Okinawan immigration to Cuba in October ...

Ken Tokunaga
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Mariko Walton Choodee Without Borders

Mariko Walton
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VIDEO: Nikkei in Cuba - Part 8

Ken Tokunaga Choodee Without Borders Mariko Walton Choodee Without Borders

Nikkei in Cuba - Part 8
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Veronica Calderon Choodee Without Borders

Veronica Calderon
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VIDEO: Nikkei in Cuba - Part 9

Ken Tokunaga Choodee Without Borders Veronica Calderon Choodee Without Borders

Nikkei in Cuba - Part 9
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Yuko Yamauchi Choodee Without Borders

Yuko Yamauchi
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VIDEO: Nikkei in Cuba - Part 10

Yuko Yamauchi Choodee Without Borders

Nikkei in Cuba - Part 10
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Tanko Bushi

Members of the audience along with panel members participate in the Tanko Bushi ondo - a traditional festival dance - as a symbol of kinship following the panel presentations.

Tanko Bushi
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Shamisen performance

The program continued with a short cultural performance by local musicians.

Taiko and Sanshin players
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Reception

After the program, guests mingle at the reception and snack on tasty Cuban pastries from Portos Bakery.

Reception for Nikkei in Cuba
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During the reception, guests viewed photos and other materials about the Nikkei groups' visits to Cuba.

Reception booths
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During the reception, guests were able to continue the dialogue with the speakers.

Conversations
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Group shot

NCRR, Tsukimi Kai and Choodee Without Borders pose for a group shot.

Group photo
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editor — 更新日 12月 22 2011 7:57 a.m.


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