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2004: When JPNZ
JAs are finally making some headway in the effiort to get Americans
to stop using "Jap" in public signs and as the abbreviation
for Japan. But what about the Japanese themselves, who don't care?
Michelle Malkin's book, "In Defense of Internment," has the Japanese
American community all up in arms. She thinks the U.S. was justified
in interning people of Japanese ancestry during WWII, and that the government
should be using racial profiling against Arabs and Muslims today.
23 August, 2004:
Samurai" and "Kill Bill," samurai are hot in Hollywood.
Now, filmmaker Takeshi Kitano brings a modern version of a traditional
Japanese samurai to the West.
18 July, 2004:
It's amazing -- and
sad -- to think that we're fighting in 2004 over the use of the word
16 May, 2004:
Selling Out --
A recent marketing
campaign aimed at Asian Americans by McDonald's got me to thinking about
our place -- or lack of it -- in the American mainstream.
26 April, 2004:
Prisoners in their
I've been following
the sad story of the Japanese hostages who were released by Iraq and
returned to Japan to a storm of criticism. Sometimes I feel more American
than Japanese, and this is one of those times.
29 March, 2004:
Serving up a Plate
For over 40 years,
the Brighton Japanese American Association has served a chow mein dinner
to serve its community.
22 March, 2004:
the new school year, the new fiscal year, and the blossoming of the
cherry blossoms in Japan.
16 March, 2004:
A Web site and traveling
exhibit co-created by Pulitzer-winning Japan scholar John Dower shows
how the opening of Japan by Commodore Matthew Perry 150 years ago was
viewed by both the Japanese and the Americans.
2004: The JA's
"Greatest Generation": The Nisei
A new book, "Nisei
Voices," chronicles the lives of Nisei who were student valedictorians
in the 1930s, and how they survived the wartime years and rebuilt thir
Tom Cruise's new
movie, "The Last Samurai," treats historical Japan with respect
and a good story; there's no need to protest it without even seeing