Archives for August 2010

BOOK REVIEW: Mixed Marriage in the WWII era: For better or worse

JAPANESE WAR BRIDES IN AMERICA: AN ORAL HISTORY By Miki Ward Crawford, Katie Kaori Hayashi and Shizuko Suenaga (Santa Barbara: Praeger Publishers, 2009, 268 pp., $54.95, hardcover) This is an interesting collection of oral histories of 19 Japanese War Brides who share their reflections, perspectives and experiences before, during and after World War II. This […]

BOOK REVIEW: Bento boxes, cute and edible

Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches By Crystal Watanabe and Maki Ogawa. (Philadelphia: Quirk Books, 2010, 143 pp., $16.95, paperback) What do “Baby Bear,” “Fluffy Lamb,” “Hawaii Sun,” “Guardian Angel,” and “Beach Party Hot Dog” have in common? They’re all the given names of just a few of the particular bento types detailed […]

BOOK REVIEW: Images of camp, what remains

PLACING MEMORY: A PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPLORATION OF JAPANESE AMERICAN INTERNMENT By Todd Stewart, Essays By Natasha Egan and Karen J. Leong. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2008, 121 pp., $34.95, hardcover) “Placing Memory” is a wonderful and welcome addition to the existing body of photographic works capturing images of Japanese Americans’ concentration camp experiences. Stewart’s work […]

BOOK REVIEW: Kashiwagi’s perspective, style shines

OCEAN BEACH By Hiroshi Kashiwagi (San Mateo, Calif.: Asian American Curriculum Project, Inc., 2010, 98 pp., $12 paperback) For more than half a century now, Hiroshi Kashiwagi has been quietly building himself an eclectic and accomplished artistic career as a poet, playwright and performer. With the recent publication of his first collection of poetry, “Ocean […]

BOOK REVIEW: Delicious Drinks, Impossible Ingredients

JAPANESE COCKTAILS: MIXED DRINKS WITH SAKE, SHOCHU, WHISKEY, AND MORE By Yuri Kato (San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2010, 96 pp., $14.95, hardcover) Despite the fact that Japanese people have an entire culture based on enkai (partying with drunken revelry), the traditional crowd of Japanese, no matter how free flowing the alcohol is, relies on a […]

BOOK REVIEW: The king of cartoon characters

IWAO TAKAMOTO: MY LIFE WITH A THOUSAND CHARACTERS By Iwao Takamoto with Michael Mallory (Jackson, Miss.: University Press of Mississippi, 2009, 240 pp., $22, paperback) Iwao Takamoto (1925-2007), the creator of such beloved characters as Scooby-Doo, Muttley, Atom Ant and Penelope Pittstop, has left us with a memoir much like his personality — witty, humorous […]

BOOK REVIEW: The culture of Issei Buddhism

ISSEI BUDDHISM IN THE AMERICAS Edited By Duncan Ryuken Williams and Tomoe Moriya (Champaign, Ill.: University of Illinois Press, 2010, 216 pp., $25, paperback) For academics and others interested in religious, Asian American, and/or Japanese American studies, editors Duncan Ryuken Williams and Tomoe Moriya have assembled a wide-ranging collection of articles on Buddhism in the […]

BOOK REVIEW: A world of frightening poignancy

Hotel Iris By Yoko Ogawa (New York: Picador, 2010, 176 pp., $14, paperback) “If Mother is so intent on paying me compliments, it might be because she doesn’t really love me very much. In fact, the more she tells me how pretty I am, the uglier I feel. To be honest, I have never once […]

BOOK REVIEW: TV personality’s take on food

Everyday Harumi By Harumi Kurihara. (Octopus Press, London, UK, 2009, 192 pp, $27.99, hardcover) This beautiful volume of famous television personality Harumi Kurihara is packed full of her classic and tweaks-on-classic recipes, all carefully crafted with the special Harumi characteristics, yet with careful consideration toward what is available in American grocery stores. From basics such […]

BOOK REVIEW: Mystery novel unveils the power to change another’s life

The Devil’s Whisper By Miyuki Miyabe, translated by Stuhr Iwabuchi (Kondansha: New York, 2010, 264 pp., $11.95, paperback) Miyabe does it again — the elegantly crafted, more-than-just-mystery novel in “The Devil’s Whisper” keeps you hooked not just on the plot, but on the characters, their guilty consciences, and the moral quandaries and choices that bind […]

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