Julio Mizzumi Guerrero Kojima: A Jarocho Nikkei Searches for His Many Roots - Part 2


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Julio Mizzumi Guerrero Kojima: A Jarocho Nikkei Searching for His Many Roots - Part 1


Julio Mizzumi Guerrero Kojima is a folk musician and preschool teacher of Nikkei origin, who was born in a small village in Veracruz on the shores of the Papaloapan River, also known as “river of the butterflies,” in 1970. The village of Otatitlán (which means “place of the bamboo” in …

The War between the United States and Japan and the Persecution of Japanese Immigrants in America


The attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 didn't just spark a war between the United States and Japan. Beginning on that day, communities of Japanese immigrants who had settled in several countries in America also became part of the conflict and hostilities.

Kendo Koi y Junsaku Mizusawa: médicos japoneses en Veracruz y Oaxaca


En el año de 1897 empezaron a llegar a México trabajadores japoneses como parte del acuerdo de amistad que se firmó en el año de 1888 entre ambos gobiernos. En un principio arribaron agricultores a Chiapas, obreros a las minas de Coahuila y Chihuahua, jornaleros a Veracruz y pescadores al …

Japanese Peanuts, a Legacy of the Nakatani Family


One of the most popular snacks in Mexico is “Japanese peanuts”. This product--which consists of peanuts with a coating made of toasted wheat flour and soy sauce--isn’t originally from Japan. It was actually invented by Yoshigei Nakatani, a Japanese immigrant who arrived in Mexico in 1932.

Kenichi Muray: El historiador de los pioneros japoneses de México


Rosita Urano: A Young Girl Who Lived at the Temixco Hacienda During the War


The former Temixco Hacienda is home to one of Mexico’s best-known and popular water parks. The vestiges of the hacienda that still remain—including the parish church and extensive gardens—lend a particular beauty to the place. Temixco (a Náhuatl word that roughly translates to “where the rock of feline is”) is …

Concepción Hiramuro y Francisco Akachi: Dos vidas de hijos de emigrantes que convergen


Concepción Michie Hiramuro y Francisco Yoshitaka Akachi contrajeron matrimonio en la ciudad de Guadalajara en el año de 1963. La vida de ambos no sólo se entrelazó por el hecho de que formaron una familia; sus vidas fueron tomando rumbos paralelos al nacer en México como hijos de emigrantes japoneses …

Policies against the Japanese-American Dreamers in World War II: An inhuman racism that still persists


The series of anti-immigration measures being instituted by President Donald Trump, including the proposed elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, is a stark reminder of how Japanese-Americans were persecuted after the Pacific War broke out in December 1941.

Carlos Kasuga Osaka: A Story of Shared Struggle and Work


In October 2017, leading Mexican businessman Carlos Kasuga Osaka celebrated his 80th birthday. Carlos is known to many as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Yakult, a Japanese company. He has also become very famous as a public speaker, with thousands of followers on social media.

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Sergio Hernández Galindo is a graduate of Colegio de México, where he majored in Japanese studies. He has published numerous articles and books about Japanese emigration to Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America. He is currently a professor and researcher with the Historical Studies Unit of Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History.


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