Tim Asamen

Tim Asamen es coordinador de la Galería Japonesa-Americana, una exhibición permanente en el Museo de los Pioneros de Valle Imperial. Sus abuelos, Zentaro y Eda Asamen, emigraron en 1919 desde Kami Ijuin-mura de la prefectura de Kagoshima y se establecieron en Westmorland, California, lugar donde Tim actualmente reside. Se unió a Kagoshima Heritage Club (Club de la Herencia de Kagoshima) en 1994, en donde fue presidente (1999-2002) y editor del boletín del club (2001-2011). 

Última actualización en agosto de 2013

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Masani Nagata: The Farmer Who Discovered a Comet

By July of 1931 the melon season was winding down in Southern California’s Imperial Valley. With fewer runners from the local produce companies wiring eastern wholesale markets, the Western Union telegraph office in the farming town of Brawley would reduce its business hours as it did each year when the harvest came to an end. But in the middle of the month a flurry of incoming telegrams caused quite a stir. The wires came from unheard-of sources—astronomical observatories across the country and scientists around the world. Causing even more disbelief was to whom they were int...

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Crónicas Nikkei #9—Más Que un Juego: Deportes Nikkei

George Taniguchi: The Nisei Who Took Horse Racing by Storm - Part 2

Read Part 1 >> A wall in George’s home is adorned with three large, framed collages, each one highlighting a milestone race in his career: his first win, his biggest monetary win, and one race that made horse racing history. His very first race took place on March 8, 1954, at Bay Meadows in San Mateo. “I was pretty nervous on that. I tried to hide it but my hands were all wet.” His first mount was Radio Message and he came in a respectable third. Three days later the same track was sloppy; that is, wet and muddy. But it was in those less than perfect conditions...

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Crónicas Nikkei #9—Más Que un Juego: Deportes Nikkei

George Taniguchi: The Nisei Who Took Horse Racing by Storm - Part 1

Strength is not just a tool for winning, it is necessary for survival. Jockey Johnny Longden was once rammed in midrace, knocked from his stirrups and sent flying downward in front of a pack of horses. He was saved by a jockey riding alongside him, George Taniguchi, who was so powerful that he was able to catch Longden with one hand…and righted him in the saddle, also with one hand. Incredibly, Longden won the race. The Daily Racing Form called it “the ultimate impossibility.” From Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit: An American Legend (2001) Not long after Laur...

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El léxico issei

Durante años quise recopilar una lista de palabras y frases japonés-estadounidenses. Estoy comenzando una lista para este artículo con palabras que, en su mayoría, han llegado hasta nosotros de la generación issei. No estoy hablando de términos en japonés estándar, tales como shoyu (salsa de soya) o urusai (irritantemente ruidoso), que la mayoría de los nikkei usan o entienden, porque tienen el mismo significado actualmente en Japón. Mi atención se centra en las palabras o expresiones que se han vuelto exclusivamen...

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Japanese American Name Culture - Part 2

Read Part 1 >> Cultural Heritage and Assimilation The names that immigrant parents select for their American-born children say something about culture, customs, hopes, and dreams. In a previous article I wrote about the popularity of the name George for Nisei boys. Most of them were named after George Washington. But some of them were actually named after the reigning sovereign of Great Britain at the time of their birth, such as actor and activist George Takei who was named after King George VI. Names can reflect a desire among Issei to maintain a cultural connection and sense of...

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