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* 2003 *
to the 2001 Archives page of my weekly "Nikkei View" columns.
You'll find the headlines for all my 2001 columns below; just click to
read each article on its individual page (this is a faster way of presenting
my past articles than putting thm on one long, slow-loading page).
for reading, and remember: Each week's column is always available on the
main "Nikkei View" page!
December, 2001: Engurish
The amount of English used in Japan is incredible -- even
if some of it doesn't make any sense at all.
December, 2001: Family
Values, JA Style
Musings on family values from my Japanese American upbringing
to the JA community and the effects of divorce. This column was
originally written for the Pacific Citizen, the national newspaper
of the Japanese American Citizens League.
December, 2001: Farewell
to a Beatle
I'm feeling guilty because George Harrison was never my
November, 2001: Kurisumasu
My childhood Christmas memories are different from the all-American
image of "A Christmas Story." But then, Christmas in Japan
is different, period.
November, 2001: The
Sound of Japan in Hawai'i
A new CD produced by historian Billy Rose brings the sound
of the Hawaii Shochiku Orchestra -- and the sound of Hawaiian Japanese
in the post-war years -- back to life.
November, 2001: Too
Much Sushi and Tea
It's great that Asian culture is becoming mainstream in
the west. But I've had enough of phony sushi and weird green tea.
November, 2001: Internment
A symposium I recently attended on the PATRIOT Act and a
new book on the Japanese Internment have a troubling theme in common.
October, 2001: Asian
Role Models in the Media
I wanted to be a rock critic when I was growing up. And
one of the key role models who inspired me had an Asian surname.
October, 2001: War
Now that America is at war with terrorists, I'm reminded
of the anti-war mentality of a generation ago.
October, 2001: Japanese
My memories of shopping in Tokyo have been updated with
the introduction of a member warehouse shopping chain to Japan.
September, 2001: Helplessly
I feel inadequate trying to write about last week's unspeakable
attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. So much
has already been said and written, and no mere words can truly capture
the horror of the tragedy or the scale of human loss.
September, 2001: Viva
Las Vegas may not have all the cool kitshcy buildings of
the past, but the sensory overload -- and Asian references -- kept
me occupied and happy.
August, 2001: Seoul
With tensions simmering between Japan and her Asian neighbors,
I decided it was time for some dinner diplomacy.
August, 2001: Dragon
Boat Festival --Proudly Pan-Asian
The Mongolian Dragon Boat racing team was Denver's version
of the Jamaican Bobsled Team going to the Winter Olympics. The races
amd the Dragon Boat Festival 2001 were a great success, after a
lot of planning and hard work.
August, 2001: Fun
Attending a wedding with Japanese Americans reminded me how much
Japanese language is sprinkled throughout my English conversation.
July, 2001: Do
other Asians Like Japanese?
Maybe I'm just being paranoid, but the tensions between Japan and
her Asian neighbors over wartime atrocities seem to be affecting
how some Asians treat me here in the US.
July, 2001: Japan
through the Pages of a Book
I have too many books about Japan to keep up. But a new release,
"The Donald Richie Reader: 50 Years of Writing on Japan," was worth
taking the time to read.
June, 2001: Becoming
a Dancing Fool for Obon
Practicing for the bon-odori dance during the Cherry Blossom Festival
can be a trying task if you're dance-imparied like me.
June, 2001: "Pearl
Harbor" Is Hollywood, not History
I'm somewhat relieved to announce that the movie is more Hollywood
romance than potentially racist propaganda. Some thoughts on the
movie after viewing it on opening day.
May, 2001: Dreading
the Opening of "Pearl Harbor"
Will the Memorial Day weekend opening of the summer blockbuster
film "Pearl Harbor" spark a rise in anti-Asian and anti-Japanese
May, 2001: The
Boys of Summer ... from Across the Pacific
The Seattle Mariners baseball team has a new star player, and he's
Japanese -- Ichiro Suzuki. Japanese athletes may finally be earning
some respect, thanks to recent imports in the Major Leagues.
April, 2001: Warning
Signs of a Return to Racism
A recent survey found that one-fourth of Americans have ill feelings
about Chinese Americans. That's not good news for any Asian Pacific
April, 2001: Waste
Not, Want Not
The Japanese word "mottainai" doesn't just translate into
"wasteful" -- there's an entire cultural context with
which many Japanese are all too familiar.
April, 2001: Service
with a Smile, Japanese Style
I've always liked how Japanese businesses treat customers -- welcoming
them when they enter the store or restaurant is one example. Why
can't US businesses focus more on service?
March, 2001: The
New Miracle Drink: Green Tea
I like coffee, but since Starbucks started appearing on every corner,
I've returned to my roots, and drink more green tea. To my surprise,
I found out how healthy it is!
March, 2001: When
Media Mangle Japanese Words
I love National Public Radio for its newscasts, except for when
the reporters and anchors can't pronounce "Tokyo" correctly.
And why can't the US media pronounce "Ehime Maru?"
March, 2001: Learning
Japanese the Modern Way
Japanese classes? Been there, done that. Language books? Yep. Now
with the help of CD-ROMs, the Internet and a set that includes cassettes,
I'm trying once again to learn more Japanese.
February, 2001: The
Story of a Vietnamese Refugee
I was fortunate enough to get to review a new book about a Vietnamese
refugee's experiences after the fall of Saigon, and wanted to let
everyone know how powerful it is.
February, 2001: Holding
Language and other aspects of cultural heritage are important for
young people to hold onto -- even if they don't think so.
January, 2001: The
Art of Martial Arts Movies
The new movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is a beautiful
film, but it's not the best martial arts movie I've seen.