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In her excellent book “The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food,” former New York Times journalist Jennifer 8 Lee explained that the fortune cookie isn’t a Chinese post-prandial delicacy at all, but rather a Japanese confection created first in Kyoto temples, adapted by Japanese Americans with little messages inside. Chinese restaurants happened to pass them out...

The Tokyo Olympics has been taking a lot of my attention now that it’s finally arrived, and I’m glad it seems to be running well, with few health issues even though Tokyo outside of the Olympics is suffering from an increase in Covid-19 infections. I hope the competition can continue, and that the Paralympics in several weeks can also be...

As I write this, the “2020” Tokyo Olympic Games are just two weeks away. It’s the second time the summer games have been held in Japan. I was a kid living in Japan when Tokyo hosted its first Olympics, from October 10-24, 1964. It was a big deal for all Japanese, and for me and my family – a Hawaii-born Nisei...

(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...

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

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- August 10, 2022

Just posted a photo @ Denver Center for the Performing Arts https://t.co/ANY3Qa9LCZ
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@GilAsakawa

- August 9, 2022

Join the Colorado Media Project to.orroq night for a community meeting with journalists and the AAPI community to discuss media coverage of our communities. https://t.co/fN4Swc9o4T https://t.co/EIVxAYvWgd
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@GilAsakawa

- August 9, 2022

@StoneBridgePub: At the end of this month the long anticipated new book from @GilAsakawa, Tabemasho! Let’s Eat!: A Tasty History of Japanese Food in America will be available. Early review copies are available via Netgalley and pre-orders are available here: https://t.co/FUCYuYQqjj
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@GilAsakawa

- August 9, 2022

A long time coming: The inaccurate plaque describing the 1880 anti-Chinese race riot in Denver's Lower Downtown, once a thriving Chinatown, was removed at a ceremony yesterday, with Mayor Michael Hancock in attendance. https://t.co/ISZVAPS4Dm.
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@GilAsakawa

- August 9, 2022

Nice early review -- "Tabemasho! Let's Eat! The Tasty History of Japanese Food in America" hits the stores Aug. 30! https://t.co/ylpPyHqLRi
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Being Japanese American

“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