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I wasn’t surprised that anti-Japanese sentiments were expressed when Takuma Sato, a Japanese driver, won the Indianapolis 500 race -- he is the first driver from Japan to take the flag. But I was shocked, and disappointed that the hateful sentiment was blurted by a journalist. In Denver, where I live. And that it was someone I had worked with. Terri...

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...

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

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- December 14, 2018

RT @AARPAAPI: The historically popular hit Hollywood movie "Crazy Rich Asians" didn't do so well when it was released in China. Here are so…
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- December 14, 2018

RT @AARPAAPI: It's coming up on award season, and AAPIs are finally being honored with more of the spotlight than in the past! https://t.co
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- December 13, 2018

Love me some Pancit, Lumpia and Adobo! Wonderful Filipino buffet lunch for AARP AAPI team meeting. #twEATs… https://t.co/3SUno3naob
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- December 13, 2018

Beignets with Chicory Chantilly Cream at Acadiana #twEATs #foodporn @ Acadiana https://t.co/3z87ev3qkx
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- December 13, 2018

Amazing: Pan Crisped Roasted Duck with Dirty Rice, Collard Greens & Pepper Jelly Glaze at Acadiana #twEATs… https://t.co/E3znmzgOuD
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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