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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Little Tokyo's Revival

This year, 2014, Little Tokyo is celebrating its 130th anniversary. Which is remarkable, since it has constantly been threatened with abandonment and extinction since World War II. In fact, twenty-two years ago, I thought Little Tokyo was dying. But in each case, a common remedy allowed the historic Nikkei neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles to overcome seemingly overwhelming obstacles: an unwillingness to give up and an ability by community members to work together. It is even feasible that the current supporters of Little Tokyo may be able to choose a path for the Southern California histo…

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Understanding My Mother's Life

My mother passed away last October at the age of 92 and there are so many things about her that I will never know. Mom had a tumultuous early life, but as the youngest of her four children, I was privy to few of her darkest moments. When she and my father would make references to camp when I was a boy, I thought they meant a summer camp and not a concentration camp. So much of what I do know about Kiyoko Kay Moritani Komai is information from others, like my aunts and uncles, my older siblings, and her friends. There was a period of time when Mom would not want to speak about the past. I r…

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Revival: The Rafu Shimpo

On April 4, 1942, The Rafu Shimpo produced its final edition before everyone of Japanese ancestry was unconstitutionally forced to leave the West Coast by the U.S. government. No one, least of all my uncle Aki Komai, could know with any certainty if this was an interruption in the operation of the family newspaper, or its demise. A Nisei and only 32, Akira Komai was thrust into the role of publisher when the FBI came to the family house on 37th Street on December 7, 1941, and took his father, Toyosaku, away. The government incarcerated Toyosaku, without charge and without trial, for almost fi…

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Norman Mineta: A Lifetime of Public Service - Part 2

Read Part 1 >>REDRESSFor Norm Mineta, passing redress is still his most satisfying achievement in Congress. The formal push came when the National Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) passed a resolution in 1978 advocating for legislation. Representatives Mineta and Robert Matsui and Senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga worked together with community groups to strategize how to get a redress bill passed. After of years of effort, H.R. 442 was finally set to be debated and Rep. Mineta wanted that to occur on September 17, 1987, the 200th Anniversary of the Constitution. Both M…

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Norman Mineta: A Lifetime of Public Service - Part 1

When Norman Yoshio Mineta looks back on his life, he shakes his head and wonders how a little kid from San Jose wound up in Washington, D.C., first as a Congressman and then as a member of two Presidents’ Cabinets. Moreover, he has distinguished himself as an advocate for civil liberties and against racial profiling to the point that two Japanese television companies have made documentaries about him recently. “I know I’m very fortunate to have gone to places and done things and I can only thank those who gave me encouragement,” he says, humbly. Certainly, 11-year-o…

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