クリス・コマイ

(Chris Komai)

クリス・コマイ氏はフリーランスライターで、コミュニティ・リレーション・スペシャリストとして40年間リトルトーキョーで活動してきました。コマイは、全米日系人博物館で21年以上広報担当役員を務め、特別イベント、展覧会、公共プログラムの広報を担当しました。博物館での勤務以前は、日英新聞の『羅府新報』で18年間スポーツ記者、編集者、英語編集者を務めました。また、リトルトーキョーコミュニティ評議会およびリトルトーキョー公衆安全協議会の委員を務めています。また、南カリフォルニア二世アスレチック・ユニオン・ボードの野球とバスケットボール部門の30年来のメンバーです。コマイさんはカリフォルニア大学リバーサイド校英文学部卒(文学士:B.A.)です。

(2014年4月 更新)

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Ishikawa's Moment

In a previous article, I highlighted the fact that the Dodgers and the Giants had three Japanese Americans on their rosters (Darwin Barney and Brandon League for the Dodgers, Travis Ishikawa for the Giants) and how, to my knowledge, this had never happened before. I also pointed out that Ishikawa had a singular moment in Giants’ play-off history by drawing a walk that spurred a rally against the Atlanta Braves in the 2010. But while a walk is an important component of baseball offenses, it does not evoke the pure emotion for fans like a key hit that wins a game. Wouldn’t it be nic…

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Japanese American Major Leaguers

Sitting in the upper deck overlooking right field at AT&T Park in San Francisco for the first game of the Dodgers-Giants series in September, I was feeling pretty low. As part of the biennial Komai Family Reunion this year, our Northern California relatives had arranged to get tickets to this historic rivalry and even chartered a bus for us to attend the game as a group. Not surprisingly, most of the Northern relatives wore Giants’ gear. A few of us from the south, like my brother and his wife, were audacious enough to wear Dodger Blue. Which is how we Dodger fans were feeling near …

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Don't Forget Pat Suzuki

Do you know who Pat Suzuki is, and why she is significant to Japanese Americans? I suspect you would have to be at least as old as me (a Sansei born in the early 1950s) to recognize her name and know that she was a popular singer. Any Nisei would know instantly who she was and why she was important. In fact, my sense of Pat Suzuki is based almost entirely on the feeling I got from my aunt when I was growing up. For the record, Chiyoko “Pat” Suzuki was, indeed, a singer who recorded four albums for RCA Victor; starred in the Rodgers and Hammerstein original Broadway musical, Flo…

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Nisei Week 80th Anniversary

Eighty years ago, the inaugural Nisei Week was organized in Little Tokyo in 1934. A distinctive Nikkei community event that was actually created as a marketing campaign, Nisei Week reflects the bicultural character of its founders. It has a parade that features ondo dancers (which explains why the parade with such a physically short route takes the hours to complete). It has a queen pageant where contestants wear kimono. Like its founders, Nisei Week’s resiliency is notable, having survived the World War II forced removal (including the abandonment of Little Tokyo) and changing tastes a…

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Little Tokyo's Revival

This year, 2014, Little Tokyo is celebrating its 130th anniversary. Which is remarkable, since it has constantly been threatened with abandonment and extinction since World War II. In fact, twenty-two years ago, I thought Little Tokyo was dying. But in each case, a common remedy allowed the historic Nikkei neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles to overcome seemingly overwhelming obstacles: an unwillingness to give up and an ability by community members to work together. It is even feasible that the current supporters of Little Tokyo may be able to choose a path for the Southern California histo…

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