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Japanese reputation in Colombia

And thankfully in Colombia, Japanese people have a good reputation. So, it worked into our advantage, I guess. We're better respected just because of the background, I guess. And because the community is relatively small, and mostly have behaved well, right? Because it's also comes with the territory that to uphold that name, you still have to behave properly.


Colombia communities Japanese Colombians public opinion reputation

Date: September 22, 2019

Location: California, US

Interviewer: Yoko Nishimura

Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

Interviewee Bio

Monica Teisher was born in Cali, Colombia in 1974 to an Issei father and Nisei mother. She and her large extended family were active in the Cali Japanese community, the largest in Colombia. She moved to the United States after marrying a U.S. citizen of Eastern European Jewish descent. They and their daughters spend vacation time in Colombia, participating in community events. (May 2020)

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Gidra - Community Newspaper

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Common Cause

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Cincip

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Content Conflict

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Postwar school-life

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Rose Ochi
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Fifty Years and Going Strong

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Tamio Wakayama
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Re-examining Identity

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George Takei
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Father's Influence

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Paulo Issamu Hirano
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The difference between Nikkei community in Oizumi and Brazil (Japanese)

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Michelle Yamashiro
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Okinawan Americans

Okinawan American whose parents are from Peru.

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Tom Yuki
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Mochitsuki tradition

(b. 1935) Sansei businessman.

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Michelle Yamashiro
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Michelle Yamashiro

General reasons why people left Japan for Peru

Okinawan American whose parents are from Peru.

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Juan Alberto Matsumoto
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Juan Alberto Matsumoto

Changes in the Nikkei Community in Japan (Japanese)

(b. 1962) Nisei Japanese Argentinian, currently residing in Japan

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Mia Yamamoto
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