Harry K. Honda

Harry Honda nasceu em Los Angeles em 1919, formando-se na Maryknoll School em 1932. Sua longa carreira no jornalismo nikkei teve início em 1936, quando trabalhou no jornal Rafu Shimpo de Los Angeles, além de passar um ano no Nichibei Shimbun de São Francisco. Harry serviu na reserva do exército americano durante a Segunda Guerra Mundial, e em 1950 se formou em ciências políticas na Universidade de Loyola. Posteriormente, ele editou o Pacific Citizen, uma publicação semanal da Liga dos Cidadãos Nipo-Americanos. Após 50 anos de serviço, Harry se aposentou em 2002. Ele morreu em julho de 2013, aos 93 anos de idade.

Atualizado em julho de 2013

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COPANI & KNT (2007)

Convenção em conjunto APN-KNK no Brasil discute a Identidade Nikkei

SÃO PAULO, Brasil—Cerca de 500 pessoas participaram da convenção conjunta da Associação de Nikkeis e Japoneses no Exterior (Kaigai Nikkeijin Kyokai – KNK) (48a. conferência anual) e da Associação Panamericana Nikkei (APN / PANA) (14a. Convenção panamericana Nikkei - COPANI) entre 18 e 21 de julho de 2007. Dentre os participantes, se encontravam 245 brasileiros, 156 de países de língua espanhola como o Peru, México, Argentina, Chile, Bolívia, etc., e 66 de países anglofones, como os Estados Unidos, Canadá e Austrália.

Pela primeira vez, representantes da Indonésia, Venezuela e ...

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How Did a Japanese-English Dictionary Help Secure Our Family Ties?

The dictionary in question is the New Kenkyusha Japanese-English Dictionary, published in Tokyo in 1931. This was a gift from Masaru Miyauchi, my cousin, in Fukuoka Prefecture on my mother’s side, when I graduated from Maryknoll School as an eighth grader in 1932. The dictionary, its binding scotch-taped around the spine now, remains in good use and standing to this day.

During my high school days, Mom kept encouraging me to write letters to my cousin in Nihongo and Masaru-san responded in English. Our letters were truly simple. We were writing about the weather, our high school, and weekend ...

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Buried But Not to be Forgotten – Little Tokyo’s Time Capsule

Almost twenty years ago, on January 15, 1985, a steel container, 4 feet high and 18 inches in diameter, was buried beneath a tree fronting the George and Sakaye Aratani Japan America Theater at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. The tiny plaque marking the spot where this Little Tokyo Centennial Time Capsule is today is no longer there, having been removed for safekeeping. Some have noticed bronze plates were pulled off the other sites within J-town.

Perhaps, as each decade looms, the Nikkei community should be reminded that there is a time capsule containing a variety of memorabilia ...

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Little Tokyo is Born: Charlie Hama’s Restaurant on East First Street

The first Japanese to arrive in 1869 were two servants, T. Kamo and I. Nosaka, of the Kewen family living in El Molino Viejo, the Old Mill, previously owned by Mission San Gabriel in San Marino today. Their names are recorded in the 1870 Census. The late senior curator William Mason of the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History believed they were members of the ill-fated Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony near Sacramento.

By 1884, there were fewer than fifty Japanese in town, one of whom, Hamanosuke Shigeta, opened a restaurant at 340 East First Street, in a ...

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A DVD and Two Books about Pearl Harbor

ONE AUGUST MORNING, time allowed for me to view Killer Subs at Pearl Harbor, a DVD about the five Japanese mini-submarines, called “tubes” while being produced at Kure Naval Base in Hiroshima. To remain submerged for a long time, air conditioners were installed for the two-man minisubs. Torpedoes were trimmed to fit. Gyrocompass provided direction while undersea.
 
By late November, 1941, minisubs were transported by a mother sub for Hawaii. Their mission was not to fire until after the air attack. That their orders were personally handed from the Japanese Sixth Fleet admiral only heighten the glory to come.

The ...

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