Crônicas Nikkeis #9—Mais do Que um Jogo: Esporte Nikkei

Com a maioria dos grandes eventos esportivos, incluindo os Jogos Olímpicos de 2020 em Tóquio, cancelados ou adiados devido à pandemia do COVID-19, as pessoas estão sentindo falta de vivenciar a experiência do esporte ao vivo. Nesta edição das Crônicas Nikkeis, convidamos você para compartilhar histórias sobre o mundo do esporte nikkei. Esperamos que a oportunidade de compartilhar impressões e memórias sobre as atividades que nos apaixonam poderá ajudar a nos conectar e trazer conforto durante este período difícil.

O que faz do esporte nikkei algo mais do que apenas um jogo para você? Pode ser que você queira escrever sobre o seu herói esportivo nikkei ou sobre o impacto dos atletas japoneses na sua identidade nikkei. Seus pais se conheceram através de uma liga nikkei de basquete ou boliche? Você se sente intrigado com algum capítulo importante na história do esporte nikkei, como os times de beisebol isseis e nisseis anteriores à Segunda Guerra Mundial?

As histórias serão aceitas a 31 de outubro de 2020, às 22 horas de Brasília.

Todas as histórias enviadas que atendam às diretrizes e critérios do projeto serão publicadas paulatinamente no Jornal Descubra Nikkei, como parte da série Mais do Que um Jogo. Os autores poderão enviar múltiplos textos.

Para maiores informações, visite 5dn.org/esporte.

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George Taniguchi: The Nisei Who Took Horse Racing by Storm - Part 1

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A Connection Beyond Basketball

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