Amazon.com using keywords such as "Japan," "Japanese American,"
"Tokyo," and others for books or videos. I'm now an Amazon.com
Affiliate. I urge everyone to support their local independent businesses
first, but if you search Amazon.com from here, I earn a percentage of
your purchases. It's one way you can help underwrite the Nikkei View.
name is Gil Asakawa. I write this stuff.
"Nikkeiview" is a weekly online column about popular culture and politics
from my Japanese American perspective. The Nikkeiview Blog is an extension of the column, where I'll write more often and also cover topics such as pop culture in general, technology, the media and life in New Jersey.
Although the Nikkei is Japan's
financial index, the word "Nikkei" is also the term for people
of Japanese descent outside of Japan.
"Nikkeiview" is reprinted regularly on various Web sites including
Denver's AsiaXpress.com and Hybrid
Magazine. I'm a proud partner of Asian-American
a terrific Web site of news APA and opinions (and jobs). The column appears
weekly in the "Rocky Mountain Jiho," the bilingual newspaper
of Denver's Japanese and Japanese American community, and regularly
in Denver's monthly Asian Pacific American
American Times. It's also syndicated
by the "Northwest Nikkei" bilingual newspaper in Seattle. Some
of the columns have also appeared in the Northern California JA community
and other JA community papers.
any other publication out there would like to publish "Nikkeiview," please contact me!
has received recognition: The column was awarded "Site of the Month"
from Japan Reference Page,
a comprehensive site for links to Web sites for and about Japan. I
received an "honorable mention" in the 1998 Online Writing Contest
sponsored by TheWell.com for my column
about Japanese names. And
The Rocky Mountain News chose
Nikkei View as one of Colorado's Top 100 Web Sites two years in a row.
That, and $1.50 will buy me a cup of coffee at Peaberry's....
In 2004, the San Francisco publisher Stone Bridge Press published my book, "Being Japanese American," which takes the Nikkeiview columns a step farther. I've received some nice publicity and reviews, and in 2006 I was interviewed by Donna Seebo for her syndicated radio show.
I was born in Japan, I'm a third generation Japanese American, or Sansei
-- my father was born in Hawaii and my mother is from Japan. I was born
in Tokyo as a military brat, and our family moved to the U.S. when I was
8 years old. I have vivid memories of Japan from my childhood, but my
consciousness is American. I love the fact that I'm a product of both
cultures, and with these columns, I hope to serve as a bridge to make
sense of Japanese for Americans, and vice versa for Japanese.
active in the Denver Japanese American community, as an executive board
member of the Japan-America Society
of Colorado and as a board member and former president of the board
for the Japanese American Citizens League's
Mile-Hi Chapter. I'm also serving as the Editorial Board Chair for the
Pacific Citizen, the JACL's bimonthly national newspaper. I'm
also active in the pan-Asian community. You can read more about me in
a brief biography or in my resume.
hope you enjoy the columns -- if you haven't read them before, please
check my archives, and let me know what you
think! This is always a work in progress....