Chris Komai

Chris Komai é escritor freelancer e especialista em relações com a comunidade, atuando em Little Tokyo [área no centro de Los Angeles] há quatro décadas. Ele foi o Assessor de Comunicação do Museu Nacional Japonês Americano por mais de 21 anos, tendo sido responsável pela divulgação de eventos especiais, exposições e programas abertos ao público. Anteriormente, por 18 anos Komai trabalhou como escritor e editor esportista e editor de textos em inglês no jornal bilíngue (japonês e inglês) Rafu Shimpo. Além disso, ele é membro do Conselho da Comunidade de Little Tokyo e do comitê da Associação de Segurança Pública de Little Tokyo. Há 30 anos ele é membro do Comitê da União Nissei de Atletismo do Sul da Califórnia de basquete e beisebol. Ele recebeu o título de Bacharel em Inglês na Universidade da Califórnia em Riverside.

Atualizado em abril de 2014

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Why Hasn’t Ichiro Retired?

Ichiro Suzuki is easily the most accomplished Japanese baseball player to ever compete in Major League Baseball. The Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year in his first season with the Seattle Mariners in 2001, Ichiro is a 10-time All Star who won two batting titles and earned 10 Gold Gloves as the best right fielder in the American League. Before coming to the United States, he won three Most Valuable Player awards in Japan. Yet today, nearing the end of his career at the age of 41, he is laboring almost anonymously as a part time player for the non-contending Miami Marlins. I saw a M…

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Too Much Mottainai?

After our mother passed in 2013, my siblings and I were faced with the daunting task of cleaning out her house. That included her garage and a storage unit she had rented for decades filled with who knows what. While there were lots of personal family items that my brothers, sister, and I were able to divide up, there was also a lot of junk (there, I said it). We eventually engaged an estate sales person, who told us not to dispose of anything so she could carefully scrutinize everything. She then had us rent a large trash bin so she could dispose of everything not saleable. I remember gett…

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My Japanese American Families

How well do you know your own family? Specifically, your extended family: uncles, aunts, cousins, second cousins, great aunts, etc. Maybe it is because I am older now, but it seems my relationship with my father’s family has only grown stronger. Even my relationship to my wife’s family has developed, although after over 20 years of marriage, I would hope so. But, the strengthening of relations with your extended family is certainly not inevitable, even as we age, and I find it interesting how things have worked out for the better. For me growing up, there were my father’s r…

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Carrying on Tradition: A visit to Bunkado and the artistic, eclectic heart of Little Tokyo

Bunkado sits both physically and metaphorically at the crossroads of Little Tokyo. Nestled in the shadow of the Miyako Hotel on one side and guarding the driveway that leads to the Koyasan Buddhist Temple on the other, Bunkado’s front door almost aligns with the crosswalk that splits First Street so a pedestrian could enter by walking a diagonal line from the Suehiro restaurant across the road in the Little Tokyo Historic District. Officially, only the north side of First Street is designated as the historic district, but any amateur historian would have tabbed Bunkado as historical…

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Quem É Mais Japonês?

Uma característica forte que marca a cultura japonesa é o esforço constante de rotular e definir tudo. Eles têm a propensão de rotular ideias, tipos de comida, ocasiões especiais, cerimônias religiosas, a mudança das estações e praticamente todos os aspectos das suas vidas. Por isso, não é surpresa que os japoneses e os nipo-americanos tenham nomes específicos para aqueles que vieram para os Estados Unidos e seus descendentes: issei, nissei, sansei, yonsei, gossei, e outros mais. Como a imigraç&ati…

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