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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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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Guilty Pleasures

As with most people who subscribe to cable television, I suffer through an endless number of inconveniences, indignities, and monetary insults. When the signal becomes sporadic or even fails, I call and get a recording that tells me to unplug my box and let it reboot, which seems like the kind of tech support that my long-deceased Issei grandparents could have figured out. (My grandmother, for instance, referred to their automobile, in her halting English, as “the machine.”) Cable gets more expensive every year, but they compensate by making the customer service worse and worse. B…

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Ishikawa's Moment

In a previous article, I highlighted the fact that the Dodgers and the Giants had three Japanese Americans on their rosters (Darwin Barney and Brandon League for the Dodgers, Travis Ishikawa for the Giants) and how, to my knowledge, this had never happened before. I also pointed out that Ishikawa had a singular moment in Giants’ play-off history by drawing a walk that spurred a rally against the Atlanta Braves in the 2010. But while a walk is an important component of baseball offenses, it does not evoke the pure emotion for fans like a key hit that wins a game. Wouldn’t it be nic…

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