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May 23 2012

A Brief Blog Profile: Nikkeiview

by Thomas Hynes


Nikkeiview is a blog written about the Japanese American experience. The blog is written by Gil Asakawa. He was born in Japan, but is also a third-generation American. The term for that in Sansei. And speaking of terminology, you might recognize the name of the blog as the name of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. And while that's technically accurate, for the purposes of this blog post, it's also the name for a Japanese person living outside of Japan.

Gil is more than just a Japanese person living outside of Japan. He's of both nations, as well as both cultures. In his own words, the goal of Nikkeiview is to "serve as a bridge to make sense of Japanese for Americans, and vice versa for Japanese."  On the blog, you can see him straddling this line in nearly every post. Here he offers a pronunciation guide for words like "udon" and "karaoke." In this post, he explains the parenting phenomenon otherwise known as "tiger moms." And in this one, he tackles the insanely ignorant suggestion that the 2011 tsunami and earthquake was payback for Pearl Harbor. Honestly, kudos to Gil on that one.

Unfortunately, the internet is full of all kinds of hurtful stupidity. It's sad, but true. Luckily, there are blogs like this one, stamping out ignorance and bridging cultural divides.

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