Archives for July 2016

OBITUARY: Gary Morio Toji

TOJI, GARY MORIO, 93, passed away on June 29, 2016 at the Chaparral House in Berkeley. Gary was born in Oakland, California on April 20, 1923 and was a lifelong resident of Berkeley. He is survived by his wife Kimiko Doi, sons Gary Martin and Wayne Russell, daughter Joanne Gondo, son-in-law Suzuo Gondo of Katy, […]

Monster hunters descend upon California’s Japantowns with ‘Pokemon Go’

Since the July 6 release of the “Pokemon Go” app for the iOS and Android devices, millions of users have downloaded the game to catch the popular Japanese video game monsters. The game has become a social phenomenon as cnet.com reports users have, on a daily average, spent more time on the app over Facebook […]

Asian Americans create resources to aid discussions on anti-black violence

Philando Divall Castile was shot and killed during a traffic stop July 6 by St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez in Falcon Heights, a suburb of Saint Paul, Minn. While Castile, an African American male, had been carrying a gun, he had reportedly told the police that he had a permit to carry it and […]

‘Star Trek Beyond’ identifies Sulu as gay

The Australian Herald Sun reported July 7 that John Cho, who portrays Hikaru Sulu in the reboot of the “Star Trek” films, revealed that his character is gay, a decision made by “Star Trek Beyond’s” director Justin Lin and writer Simon Pegg. The decision serves as a nod to George Takei, who originally played Sulu, […]

Author pays forward Japanese American legacy of resistance

RELOCATING AUTHORITY: Japanese Americans Writing to Redress Mass Incarceration By Mira Shimabukuro (Boulder, Colo.: University Press of Colorado, 2015, 248 pp., $26.95, paperback; $21.95, Ebook) In his essay for a 1999 Mike Mackey-edited anthology, “Remembering Heart Mountain,” Lane Hirabayashi cautions Japanese American incarceration scholars not to over-generalize about Japanese American “resistance” to oppression within the […]

More art of gaman

ALL THAT REMAINS: The Legacy of the World War II Japanese American Internment Camps By Delphine Hirasuna (San Francisco: Delphine Hirasuna, 2016, 64 pp., $20, paperback) Available at http://www.studio-hinrichs.com/store/allthatremains.html or the San Francisco Japanese American Citizens League. Delphine Hirasuna’s new volume “All That Remains,” written in collaboration with Kit Hinrichs and Terry Heffernan, forms part […]

Cancer survivor celebrates ‘new found freedom’

Earlier this month, 10-year-old Baylor Nihei Fredrickson’s family received some long-anticipated news: the cancer survivor learned that he could discontinue taking his medications and no longer had to follow numerous multiple safety precautions that had been part of his life since he returned home from a transplant more than a year and a half ago. Back in […]

Japantown, African American voices come together in volume

STANDING STRONG! FILLMORE & JAPANTOWN Voices from Write Now! Fillmore and Write Now! Japantown Edited by Shizue Seigel (San Francisco: Pease Press, 2016. 140 pp. $17.95, paperback) To order, visit: http://www.peasepress.com/standingstrong “Standing Strong! Fillmore & Japantown” is a compendium of short pieces authored by Japanese American and African American residents of the Japantown and Fillmore […]

Scholars showcase future of diverse Nikkei community

PAN-JAPAN: The International Journal of the Japanese Diaspora: Special Issue: CONJECTURING COMMUNITIES: Ebbs and Flows of Japanese America Edited by Lane Ryo Hirabayashi (Normal, Ill.: Illinois State University, 2016, $12.50; Spring/Fall 2016: Volume 12, Numbers 1 & 2, 189 pp., paperback). To purchase, write to: PAN-JAPAN (Vol. 12, No. 1 & 2), Subscriptions, Anthropology 4640, […]

‘Monumental’ research on Manzanar

REFLECTING ON WWII, MANZANAR, AND THE WRA By Arthur L. Williams (Victoria, B.C.: FriesenPress, 2014, 256 pp., $17.99, paperback) Manzanar occupies a special place in my consciousness and conscience. I was first introduced to this eastern California site in 1972 by a California State University, Fullerton History nizpartment colleague and close friend who was a […]

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