Sergio Hernández Galindo

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.

His most recent book, Los que vinieron de Nagano. Una migración japonesa a México (Those who came from Nagano: A Japanese migration to Mexico, 2015) tells the stories of emigrants from that prefecture before and after the war. In his well-known book, La guerra contra los japoneses en México. Kiso Tsuru y Masao Imuro, migrantes vigilados (The war against Japanese people in Mexico: Kiso Tsuro and Masao Imuro, migrants under surveillance), he explained the consequences of conflict between the United States and Japan for the Japanese community decades before the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

He has taught classes and led conferences on this topic at universities in Italy, Chile, Peru, and Argentina as well as Japan, where he was part of the group of foreign specialists in the Kanagawa Prefecture and a fellow of the Japan Foundation, affiliated with Yokohama National University. He is currently a professor and researcher with the Historical Studies Unit of Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History.

Updated April 2016

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125 Years after the First Japanese Immigration to Mexico: The Soul of Relations between Mexico and Japan - Part 3

Read Part 2 >> Japanese Immigrant Communities in the Era of Globalization The waves of immigration during the last third of the 20th century and the first two decades of the present century were driven by an intense exchange between Japan and Mexico in the areas of business and education. As mentioned, Japanese investment was the great driver of the flow of migrants during that period. It is also important to note that Japanese cultural industries began to develop a strong presence overseas through television programs and cartoons (now known as anime, or アニメ). One series in particula…

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125 Years after the First Japanese Immigration to Mexico: The Soul of Relations between Mexico and Japan - Part 2

Read Part 1 >>  From the End of World War II to the Founding of the Japanese-Mexican School in 1977 The renewal of relations between Mexico and Japan in 1952 after 10 years gave way to a new wave of immigrants from Japan. Children of immigrants born in Mexico who had been trapped in Japan during the war returned, while new immigrants invited by relatives or friends went in search of a better future, given the almost total destruction of their country. This new wave of immigrants was different from the workers and farmers who had arrived in the first half of the 20th century, and …

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125 Years after the First Japanese Immigration to Mexico: The Soul of Relations between Mexico and Japan - Part 1

From the 1897 Opening to the War of the Pacific The start of diplomatic relations between Mexico and Japan in 1888 enabled the first waves of Japanese workers to arrive in Mexico, beginning in 1897. Over the past 125 years, since the first 34 workers were brought to Chiapas to help develop a coffee plantation, the path of migration has been paved with enormous difficulties. It’s impossible to encapsulate the history of these immigrants, through the fifth and sixth generations, in a short article, so I will focus on a few specific circumstances, illustrating this long journey through th…

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Takeshi Morita: A Mexican Fisherman Imprisoned in U.S. concentration camps

The Japanese attack on the U.S. fleet in Hawaii on December 7, 1941 triggered war between the two countries. On this side of the Pacific, throughout the entire continent, that date also marked the beginning of a peculiar war against hundreds of thousands of Japanese immigrants living in numerous countries, who were promptly accused of being “foreign enemies.” In the United States, on the eve of that fateful day, Japanese Americans were preparing for the upcoming Christmas and New Year festivities. These immigrant communities were already well integrated into the U.S. economy and …

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Juan Guillermo Fuse: Un ejemplo de la injusta concentración para los japoneses en México

Muchos japoneses que emigraron a México en la primera mitad del siglo XX decidieron no sólo radicar en este país, también adquirieron la nacionalidad mexicana. Juan Guillermo Fuse fue una de ellos que consideró a “México como su patria” y trajo a su esposa Kiyoko, del mismo pueblo donde había nacido, en la prefectura de Gunma, con ella procreó tres hijas mexicanas. Al iniciar la guerra entre Estados Unidos y Japón en diciembre de 1941, se desató la persecución no sólo de los inmigrantes japonese…

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