Crônicas Nikkeis #7 — Raízes Nikkeis: Mergulhando no Nosso Patrimônio Cultural

As histórias da série Crônicas Nikkeis vêm explorando diversas maneiras pelas quais os nikkeis expressam a sua cultura única, seja através da culinária, do idioma, da família, ou das tradições. Desta vez estamos nos aprofundando ainda mais—até chegarmos às nossas raízes!

Aceitamos o envio de histórias de maio a setembro de 2018. Todas as 35 histórias (22 em inglês, 1 em japonês, 8 em espanhol, e 4 em português) foram recebidas da Argentina, Brasil, Canadá, Cuba, Japão, México, Peru e Estados Unidos. 

Nesta série, pedimos à nossa comunidade Nima-kai para votar nas suas histórias favoritas e ao nosso Comitê Editorial para escolher as suas favoritas. No total, cinco histórias favoritas foram selecionadas.

Aqui estão as histórias favoritas selecionadas.

  Editorial Committee’s Selections:

  Escolha do Nima-kai:

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We called my Dad’s mom, Bachan. When we visited, she’d offer me a cherry-flavoured cough candy, and I would nod and say, arigato. Every Easter, she sent me and my brothers a chocolate bunny each. She didn’t speak much English and I didn’t speak much Japanese. So I knew her only a little. She was 4’7”, vegetarian, and raised eight kids. She lived 91 years smoking roll-your-own cigarettes. I’ve since realized her life reflects many of the most significant events in Japanese Canadian history.

She was born Taki Kinoshita on February 8, 1889 to ...

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Soy Nikkei

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Hidden Memory: A Family History Journey

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A Promise

Almost 60 years ago, a promise was made by a girl who was ten years old. I was that little girl and remembered that day very clearly. My best friend, Leslie, came over to play and told me a secret. She said that the man I called “Pop” was not my biological father. I felt hurt and anger towards my mom because I heard it first from a friend. Now, I understood why I had emotions of not belonging, being unhappy, and always feeling lonely. I wanted to know why Mom did not talk about my father. Was he bad ...

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Japanese Hair: A Rambling Exploration of its Cultural, Familial, and Personal Roots

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More often than not, however, I find myself playing with the hair ...

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