Kizuna 2020: Bondad y solidaridad nikkei durante la pandemia de COVID-19

En japonés, kizuna significa fuertes vínculos emocionales. 

En el 2011, habíamos invitado a nuestra comunidad nikkei global a colaborar con una serie especial sobre cómo las comunidades nikkei respondieron y apoyaron a Japón tras el terremoto y tsunami de Tohoku. Ahora, nos gustaría reunir historias sobre cómo las familias y comunidades nikkei se han visto afectadas y cómo están respondiendo y adaptándose a esta crisis mundial. 

Si te gustaría participar, revisa nuestras pautas de presentación. Recibimos artículos en inglés, japonés, español y/o portugués. Estamos buscando distintas historias de todo el mundo. Esperamos que estas historias ayuden a conectarnos, creando una cápsula del tiempo de respuestas y perspectivas de nuestra comunidad Nima-kai global para el futuro.

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Aunque muchos eventos en todo el mundo han sido cancelados debido a la pandemia del COVID-19, hemos visto que se están organizando muchos nuevos eventos únicamente online. Como son eventos online, cualquier persona puede participar desde cualquier parte del mundo. Si tu organización nikkei está preparando un evento virtual, ¡publícalo en la sección Eventos de Descubra a los Nikkei! Además, compartiremos los eventos en Twitter (@discovernikkei). Esperamos esto nos ayude a conectarnos en nuevas maneras, aún si todos estamos aislados en nuestros hogares.



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Japanese Canadian Art in the Time of Covid-19 - Part 10: Toronto Musician Hiroki Tanaka

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Just as it is so sad to hear news of the passing of another Nisei, it is heartening to learn of more and more Japanese Canadian community members in the arts who are coming of age and making their presence known when we need them most.

I got to know Hiroki Tanaka’s father, Yusuke (Toronto), born in Sapporo, when I was at the beginning of my own quest in the early 1990s. Yusuke was the acoustic guitar strumming Japanese editor for the Nikkei Voice newspaper. I remember our first meeting, pulling my Getaway camper van in …

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Japanese Canadian Art in the Time of Covid-19 - Part 9

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As we approach the second anniversary of Covid, I am conscious of the fragility of these times that we are living through: the new Omicron variant of Covid, eco-disasters in British Columbia (flooding and landslides after a summer of wildfires) and, yes, Covid numbers are climbing again across Canada. It’s time again to take yet another deep breath…

In this part, we’re celebrating the artistry of cellist Rachel Mercer (Ottawa, ON) and dancer Mayumi Lashbrook (Toronto, ON), younger members of the Japanese Canadian community, each of whom is mixed race and with different relationships with their …

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Japanese Canadian Art in the Time of Covid-19 - Part 8: British Columbia edition

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After rereading the responses from this chapter’s featured artists from British Columbia, one issue really stands out for me: Canada’s vast geography and how we are divided into two solitudes—east and west—a lasting legacy of the internment.

Vancouver, BC, where our Japanese Canadian story begins, is about 5000 kilometers, a five-day drive, due west from Oakville, Ontario, where I sit now.

As a Toronto-born Sansei, my BC-born parents lived in New Westminster and Vancouver. Growing up, I learned snippets about their lives in Slocan (grandfather Hayashida died there), Bayfarm, Strawberry Hill (Ibuki farm), and Middlechurch, Manitoba, …

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Japanese Canadian Art in the Time of Covid-19 - Part 7

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These Covid times, emerging from our third lockdown in Ontario, as well as teaching online, has given me some pause to dwell upon our next generation of mentors/leaders as the times necessitate. In 2021, there has been a lot to celebrate nationally in the JC community with the news of artist, curator and activist Bryce Kanbara (Hamilton, ON) winning a Governor General's Visual Arts Award and fashion executive Sansei Susan Langdon (Toronto), whose parents were interned in New Denver, BC being appointed a member of the Order of Canada on December 31st, 2020, Canada's highest honour. …

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Japanese Canadian Art in the Time of Covid-19 - Part 6: Let’s Dance!

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So far, dancing is not on the list of prohibited activities under the current Ontario Emergency Lockdown.

In Part 6, we’re featuring three JC dancers who make their living as dancers: Vancouver Budoh dancer Jay Hirabayashi, son of Gordon Hirabayashi, and his partner Barb Bourget are the founders and teachers at Kokoro Dance. Denise Fujiwara operates the Fujiwara Dance Inventions in Toronto and Hiroe Hoshi (aka “Nema”) is a well known Victoria, BC belly dancer, performer and teacher.

In going through some of my pictures from my nine years in Japan, I came across one of …

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