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Nikkei Names: Writing Workshop in Los Angeles


Chiyo Niimi

When I was born in 1937 I was considered a “blue baby” and my feared that I would no survive. This is why my father named me Chiyo:1000 years, eternal. He told me later that he gave me the name so that I have a long life.

I grew up not appreciating my name until adulthood.

As I grew older I faced many challenges and realized the significance of my name, Chiyo. Not only did I learn to appreciate my name bu learn to appreciate my father.

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Photo taken and name story provided on June 28, 2014 at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy as a part of Discover Nikkei’s workshop warm-up excercise in conjunction with the More »

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