Barbara Nishimoto

Barbara Nishimoto nasceu em Chicago e cresceu nos subúrbios da zona oeste. Seus pais cresceram no Vale de San Joaquin [na centro da Califórnia] e ficaram aprisionados no campo de internamento de Rohwer, no Arkansas. Atualmente, Barbara reside em Nashville, no Tennessee.

Atualizado em setembro de 2012

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Crônicas Nikkeis #1 — ITADAKIMASU! Um Gostinho da Cultura Nikkei

Autênticos

De onde você é? Onde você aprendeu a falar inglês? Você come comida “normal”? Americana?

Eu morei a maior parte da minha vida em comunidades onde havia poucos asiáticos, e muito menos sanseis. Anos atrás, tanto colegas de escola quanto desconhecidos me faziam as inevitáveis perguntas. Para eles, ser nipo-americana era a mesma coisa que ser japonesa.

Mais tarde, com o crescimento da popularidade da cultura e culinária japonesa, as interações mudaram um pouco. Ao invés de ser entrevistada, eu me tornei a platéia dos meus colegas de trabalho enquanto eles faziam cr ...

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Crônicas Nikkeis #4 — Família Nikkei: Memórias, Tradições e Valores

Lighthearted

In my family we told stories; we reminisced. During and after meals. Sitting in the living room all together for no particular reason. Because we were all so tightly bound together there was no need for a beginning, middle, and end. One of us would utter a single sentence, a phrase. That was enough. It was a cue. “Oh, I remember.” We would smile and nod, and like a chorus replay together the memory. The stories were always about one of us or all of us. Sometimes there was a lesson. Sometimes a character flaw revealed. But the endings were ...

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Waking slowly

Waking slowly. I can still remember the exquisitely warm feeling of waking up at home in my bed upstairs. The sounds floated up from the kitchen and gradually I began to distinguish the voices of my mother and father and older sister, Connie. It was a murmur accompanied by the clatter of pots, the hiss of water, the dull thud of the thick wooden cutting board being set upon the counter. New Year’s.

The preparation for New Year’s started days in advance. In fact our tradition for Christmas was to order Chinese food from a Cantonese restaurant 30 ...

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