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(NOTE: This is a sponsored post) I’m constantly learning more about Japanese knives and why and how they’re different from the typical kitchen knives we’ve grown up around. I’ve written about how I got into Japanese knives and why I bought my Santoku, the all-purpose knife that makes cooking a pleasure. I’m crazy about my Santoku. And now I have a Nakiri...

I love to cook, which is a good thing because I love to eat! I can trace my love for cooking to my childhood in Tokyo, watching my mom cook both Japanese and Western foods for our family meals. She was born in Nemuro, on the eastern-most tip of Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan. She cooked a variety of dishes...

It’s been a tragic and depressing couple of months. Amidst the rising numbers of anti-Asian hate incidents, including harassment, verbal assaults and physical attacks, a March 16 mass shooting in Atlanta targeted Asian-owned spas and six of eight murdered victims were Asian women. The Atlanta gun rampage added an ugly layer of anti-woman to the anti-Asian hate, weaving together race and...

Hate crimes against Asians are on the rise. Again. But this time, there’s a difference from last year’s wave of hate: The “mainstream” media, from newspapers to television news, has been reporting on the spike. Hate crimes against Asians in America are nothing new, and certainly the numbers became noteworthy with the coming of the coronavirus pandemic and political leaders like...

A great American photographer died on January 27 at a hospital in Queens, New York, his hometown. But you may not recognize his name: Corky Lee. Like the subject of his half-century career, Asians in America, who have historically been invisible to mainstream Americans, Corky was invisible – he didn’t seek the spotlight, he just wanted to record the community around...

During the last week of October, there was a lot on my mind, including Covid-19 and the ongoing pandemic, and of course the November U.S. elections. But I also found myself at a moment in time, looking back one year that week to a 2019 family trip to Japan, and looking forward to next year with the hopes that we’ll...

When I was a kid in late 1950s-early 1960s Japan, I didn’t grow up drinking what American kids did. I loved the sweet but slightly sour, yogurty flavor of Calpis. That was my favorite soft drink, and it still is, under the Westernized name Calpico. Sure, I could get Coca-Cola on military bases, because my brother and I went to school on...

If nothing else, the pandemic of 2020 has caused many of us to hunker down and go out much less than before – if at all. With restaurants, bars and clubs shut down, many shops closed other than essential businesses for groceries, gas and whatnot, and no concerts, movies or other events to attend, our entertainment options became limited. And yet,...

Perspectives on Asian-American culture through the lens of identity, history, and experience

Gil on Twitter

@GilAsakawa

- June 6, 2021

"Kim's Convenience" has wrapped it's fifth and final season, and we just binged it's 13 episodes... Sigh. Does that mean my mug is worth more now? #kimsconvenience https://t.co/v4beoAGuhi
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@GilAsakawa

- June 6, 2021

Must-watch TV: We binged the final season of "Kim's Convenience" on Netflix, and I'm so happy to find this 10-minute doc about the play, the show and the actors who brought this Korean Canadian family to life. https://t.co/3yM3WXNLuX
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@GilAsakawa

- June 6, 2021

@KGNU: Asian American Activist and Journalist @GilAsakawa discusses the importance of celebrating the presence of Asian Americans in the history of the United States. #AAPIHeritageMonth https://t.co/lXCz7gQJeV via @YouTube
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@GilAsakawa

- June 6, 2021

Mom's meal: "GuberEats" (that's me) delivered Salmon Bowl from Kokoro with teriyaki sauce on the side, plus a bowl of Miso Soup for dinner. #twEATs #foodporn @ Kokoro https://t.co/jMT5wJOWFP
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@GilAsakawa

- June 6, 2021

Erin and I finally got to visit my mom at Landmark Memory Care w/o mask, gown and gloves outdoors and brought her Salmon Bowl from @kokoro for dinner. #dementia @ Landmark Memory Care https://t.co/PyBUcWgZ8z
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“A must-read book that will delight you with its humor and amuse you with its insights; for non-Asian, a must-read book if you’re curious about what makes Japanese Americans tick.”

— John Tateishi, National Executive Director, Japanese American Citizens League