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Nikkei Chronicles #4—Nikkei Family: Memories, Traditions, and Values

How I Remet my Mother

Chanda Ishisaka

When thinking of the journal theme of Nikkei families, I thought of how much my family has shaped me but how little I have included them in my own involvement in the Japanese community. Even more, how much have I included my Mexican mother in my Japanese community?

Nikkei Chronicles #3—Nikkei Names: Taro, John, Juan, João?

The Child of a Thousand Generations

Chanda Ishisaka

The story of my middle name brought pride and also pressure to me at a young age. My middle name is Chiyoko, named after my grandmother Chiyoko, my father’s mother. My grandmother suffered from stomach cancer before I was born. She tried to stay alive to see me born but …

The Minidoka Pilgrimage and Continuing the Legacy

Chanda Ishisaka

Today I received the news that my friend and fellow Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee member passed away. Frank was 2 years old during World War II when his family was told to leave Bainbridge Island and go to the Manzanar War Relocation Center in California and later sent to the …

Nikkei Chronicles #2—Nikkei+: Stories of Mixed Language, Traditions, Generations & Race

Diary of a Mad Hapa Judo Girl

Chanda Ishisaka

Being a martial artist was not supposed to be a part of my life. The plan for me was to focus on school and get good grades. But my dad asked my younger brother to learn judo when he was five years old and I became jealous. I asked my …

Nikkei Chronicles #1—ITADAKIMASU! A Taste of Nikkei Culture

The Black Noodle

Chanda Ishisaka

I made some soba for dinner today. Soba is a Japanese noodle made with buckwheat flour. My memory of soba noodles is having them with my obachan (grandma) at this one restaurant I grew up with called Oki’s in Monterey Park, California, which is no longer open.

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I am a Yonsei, fourth generation Japanese and Mexican American. I grew up in the Los Angeles, California area. I lived in Seattle, Washington, and currently reside in Orange County, California. I work as an Academic Advisor at a University.

Nikkei interests

  • community history
  • family stories
  • festival/matsuri
  • Japanese/Nikkei food
  • Japantowns

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