Unstable Identities in Search of Home / Latin American Japanese: Carving Out a Sense of Belonging / Podcast

This podcast is an intimate, experimental and collaborative project that ignites a conversation about what it means to inhabit an embodied history of Japanese immigration to Latin America? Participants represent a broad set of perspectives, and share their ruminations about the history, culture and lived experiences of the diasporic Latin America Japanese community across Mexico, Japan, the UK, Brazil and the US. Through this medium, we cultivate a shared understanding and accountability about our positions on this subject by asking each other questions about home, family and heritage, and the ways in which we negotiate our place in a world that sometimes seems at odds with our identities, sense of agency and social participation. Ultimately, this project shows the transformative power of talking to shift perceptions in identity, liberation and the meaning of belonging, as well as to embrace new ways of seeing each other and the world. 

Co-produced by:

Noriko G. Amano Patiño Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.

Jessica A. Fernández de Lara Harada. Doctoral Candidate and Gates Cambridge Scholar at the University of Cambridge, and Editor of the Unstable Identities in Search of Home.

Héctor Flores Komatsu Playwright, Actor, Artistic Director of Makuyeika Colectivo Teatral, Fellow at Georgetown University, and recipient of the National Fund for the Culture of the Arts in México.

Márcia Lika Hattori Archaeologist. Doctoral candidate and Marie Slodowska Curie Fellow at the Spanish National Research Council, Spain – Incipit – CSIC.

Marco A. Jano Ito Energy Projects Leader at the Mario Molina Center and Part-time Lecturer at the School of Chemistry, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Naomi Tokumasu Translator and Sociolinguist. PhD candidate in Language and Information Sciences at The University of Tokyo, Japan.

Jose Taro Zorrilla Takeda Architect, Director of Restaurant KINTARO, Subdirector of NPO Fundación Paisaje Social A.C.

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Special thanks to: Taro Zorrilla for completing the edition of this podcast, to Cristóbal Castellanos for his technical support, and to all the people who generously gave us permission to draw on their stories.

This is one of five pieces in the cluster Unstable Identities in Search of Home. The series is edited by Jessica A. Fernández de Lara Harada. In collaboration with academics, artists and practitioners working across diverse interdisciplinary fields, it explores how identities that do not fit established paradigms can be given expression, and how our experiences and creativity can shape this process. Explore the other pieces for this series here.

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