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One of the great benefits of today’s social media – and why I urge everyone, young and old, to at least be on Facebook – is that it can connect you to people you know, people you don’t know, and maybe most surprisingly, to people you used to know. When baby boomers starting logging into Facebook about a decade ago, I...

Many Japanese Americans I know don’t pay much attention to Japan, which I think is a pity. I believe JAs should keep up with news from Japan, and travel to Japan. A lot. However, most JAs I know closely follow the news of Donald Trump’s presidency, and what he’s doing in the US. A standing-room-only crowd attended this year's Japanese American Day...

NOTE: I just heard today that Mas Nonaka, a member of the local Japanese American community who has cut hair at several iterations of his barbershop, Nonaka's, in and around Sakura Square since before the block was called Sakura Square, passed away. Nonaka's was where I first got my hair cut when my family moved to Denver from northern Virginia in...

Here's a query from Facebook, where someone shared a story about how the blocky end tips of disposable chopsticks are meant to be snapped off and used as chopstick holders on your table. I responded with this comment and posted some photos I took: I've seen this post, or one like it, before. I can honestly say that although you might be...

I'm the chair of the editorial board of Pacific Citizen, the national newspaper of the JACL. Below is my column in the New Year's issue of the PC. I wanted to post it here and also add even more current concerns given President Trump's rocky first three weeks, his eyebrow-raising relationships with world leaders (including Japan's Shinzo Abe, which merits...

Most books about Japanese Americans focus on the West Coast because that's where Japanese first arrived and settled on the US mainland. So few well-known books tell the stories of Japanese as they crossed the country and decided to live in the mountains, or the midwest, or the northeast or the south. Yet I know of communities of JAs in New...

NOTE: A full version of this post with more from Takei as well as cast members and producer, as well as videos from the musical, was originally published on Dec. 7, 2015. After a November performance at the Longacre Theatre in New York’s fabled Broadway district, George Takei and other cast members answered questions about their powerful musical, “Allegiance.” “I remember we...

The slope just got a little slippery. Carl Higbie, a former Navy SEAL who’s the spokesman for the Great America PAC supporting Donald Trump, was recently interviewed on Fox News’ “Kelly File.” The president-elect’s transition team is discussing plans for a registry for Muslim immigrants, he said, and there were historical precedents for such a registry including the imprisonment of...

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

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- October 23, 2017

RT @AARPAAPI: Believe it or not: Asian Americans once held sway in early Hollywood https://t.co/OzTxNw8jYo
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- October 23, 2017

RT @gfbnec: GFBNEC & Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi to host "Courage and Compassion" in Honolulu Nov. 11-Dec. 9! https://t.co/N8ztaS
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- October 23, 2017

Interesting statistics: Millennials are boosting subscriptions for "failing" NYT and other MSM, even print https://t.co/fsuapWp4SM
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- October 23, 2017

RT @gfbnec: Exhibit at SF's Presidio on the Exclusion of groups including JA incarceration, and Muslims today https://t.co/wuoM309X2r
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- October 23, 2017

RT @AARPAAPI: DJ Qbert's story from AARP and Filipino American History Month gets covered in AsAmNews! #FAHM #FAHM2017 https://t.co/mjJIN9P
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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