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

Let me say right upfront: I don’t like “Miss Saigon.” The musical has been a megahit staple of the stage since it made its debut in London in 1989 and then Broadway in 1991. It ran for a decade in New York, and was revived in 2017. Touring versions have crisscrossed the US, including in Denver in September. “Miss Saigon” makes lots of...

In a previous life during my long and winding journalism career, I was a rock critic. I was the music editor for Denver’s weekly newspaper, Westword. So when the Denver Press Club recently asked me to participate on a panel discussion for the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival, I was eager to join in the fun. I write a...

I was driving on the highway one night some years back between Denver and Boulder, when I got harassed by a couple of young white guys who were tailgating me, probably in their teens or early 20s at the most. When I pulled off at an exit they followed me so I pulled into a parking lot and got out of my car. They...

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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