from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The U.S.-born grandchild of Japanese immigrants to America.


Japanese : san, three; see shamisen + sei, generation; see issei.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • "He has such a soulful way of playing and singing," she said, explaining how she'd send him videos of "Sansei" in development, and he'd respond with ever-increasing bits of score.


  • From here, "Sansei" moves to what Bruzina describes as "the death of the loved one - the grandmother," closing with a section that "brings back the family and the joy of celebrating life."


  • "It was my vision," Bruzina said of "Sansei," outlining how she employed a classical ballet vocabulary to flesh out that vision in three movements, lasting a total of about 15 minutes.


  • Although she'll "leave room for tweaking here and there," Bruzina said that "Sansei" is fundamentally complete.


  • For Mikelle Bruzina, whose grandparents grew up in Japan before being interned in Canada during World War II, "Sansei" has become a deeply personal journey expressed through dance.


  • "Sansei," which is set to an original score by cellist Ben Sollee, is her newest work.


  • While she emphasizes that "Sansei" isn't a story ballet with explicitly named characters and plot lines, Bruzina acknowledges how the piece is fundamentally linked to her own family.


  • At its center, "Sansei" is bound up with the three generations of women in Bruzina's family: grandmother, mother and daughter.


  • My first night, I ordered sushi to go from Sansei, about 15 minutes away, and ate on the patio.

    Daniel Weisman: Hawaiian Vacation For Twentysomethings

  • Sansei indeed has great fish, but I think they overdress their dishes with sauce.

    Sustainable Sushi Contest


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