Gil Asakawa's Nikkei View | Perspectives on Asian-American culture through the lens of identity, history, and experience
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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,...

During the Coronavirus pandemic, we’ve all gotten used to staying home every evening – no parties, dinners at restaurants, movie nights, concerts. Just a lot of plopping down on the couch to see what’s available on demand via cable, Netflix, Amazon Prime or other streaming source that brings entertainment to your living room. A lot of people have been reading...

Since before the coronavirus pandemic hit, I’ve been a fan of Namiko Chen and her website JustOneCookbook.com, which collects her recipes for the food she grew up with in Japan and now cooks for her family and friends in the U.S. My wife came across the site first and forwarded me various dishes that sounded delicious. I began following Nami’s...

Anyone who knows me knows that I love to eat. I’m a foodie. I love restaurants (I’m opinionated about them, too). And, I love to cook. I post photos of my food on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and even use the hashtags “#twEATs” and “#foodporn.” I like all food from around the globe, from burgers and pizza to Middle Eastern, Italian,...

The world, and all our lives, have changed in a very short time. When I wrote about the emerging coronavirus in February, it had just been officially named COVID-19 and it was still mostly concentrated in one province in China. At the time, there had been 42,000 infected with over 1,000 deaths in China and 400 sick and only one...

The coronavirus outbreak that started in Wuhan, China has become a worldwide crisis, and the virus is serious business – both figuratively and literally. Because the world economy is interlinked and interdependent, a disaster in Asia can have ripple effects across the globe’s financial markets. As countries including the United States cut back travel to China and block people from coming from China, the...

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

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- January 18, 2021

Soup and salad: Erin's savory Seaweed Soup with Ground Turkey & Pork, Tofu, Nori and veggies, plus Caesar Salad. #twEATs #foodporn https://t.co/NpFitjU0W7
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- January 17, 2021

Great story! An Asian American female rock climber is working to change the culture of the sport and change the offensive names of some climbs in Colorado, the US and worldwide. https://t.co/RMvCHX4jwY
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- January 17, 2021

Don't know if "rest in peace" is the right message to send him off, but Phil Spector, the once-brilliant music producer of the fabled early 1960s "Wall of Sound" who was serving a prison sentence for murder, is dead at 81. https://t.co/EnQdFWjpWw
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- January 17, 2021

Here's a revised, extended version of an earlier https://t.co/NF1siPoc7L post about Nami Chen of https://t.co/DzlewSwTOC, a profile published in the Nichi Bei Weekly: https://t.co/NkQvZiRxBd
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- January 17, 2021

Frontline workers from the Philippines are indispensable in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic... and in New York City they've suffered high casualties. https://t.co/BTf3rNEHlM
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