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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...

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...

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

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- May 19, 2022

Hawaiian Eye (it's an old TV show): No Ke Aloha's Da Mix combo BBQ Plate and the excellent Spammy with Spam, Fried Egg over easy and Swiss Cheese #twEATs #foodporn https://t.co/UebbOBo105
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- May 18, 2022

Ramen from the mm-good multiverse: Tonkotsu Ramen with Panko Chicken from the air fryer, dumplings from the air fryer, Kimchi, Green Onions and Garlic Scapes #twEATs #foodporn https://t.co/LVNDA6uCzn
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- May 17, 2022

Drink your Asian fruits: It took a while, but here's my video interview with Sandro Roco of Sanzo sparkling water, filmed during Expo West in March. Love these sparkling waters infused with Asian fruits and citrus! https://t.co/kbVRakX4eg
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- May 16, 2022

Crossing cultures: Japan loves Kentucky Fried Chicken so much that KFC has become a traditional family meal for Christmas. Now, KFC has a Japanese Colonel Saunders... maybe it should be renamed Kumamoto Fried Chicken? https://t.co/AIc1hmdU18
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