Archives for 2010

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Community Needs this Forum

As the year winds down, I can’t help but feel that time passes so quickly when you get older. Since we Americans are facing so many issues and challenges, 2010 is going to be another year filled with turmoil and uncertainty. One of my New Year’s hopes is that the Nichi Bei Weekly manages to […]

Tasty Sweets, Minus the Guilt

THE WORRY FREE BAKERY: Treats Without Oil and Butter By Kuniko Ibaraki, translated by Jessica Bezer (New York: Vertical, Inc., 2009, 80 pp., $14.95, paperback) At first glance, the title may create skepticism in many die-hard dessert connoisseurs, but every recipe in this book is grounded in Kuniko Ibaraki’s idea that delicious desserts can be […]

Pan-Asian Comfort Food With a Twist

The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook: Home Cooking from Asian American Kitchens By Patricia Tanumihardja (Seattle: Sasquatch Books, 2009, 368 pp., $35.00, hardcover) A multitude of cookbooks reference mothers. A fair amount offer nods to grandmas of all ethnic backgrounds. And there is no shortage of pan-Asian cookbooks to choose from at the local bookstore. But Patricia […]

Global Warming, and a Plea for Change

THE BIG PICTURE: Reflections On Science, Humanity, And A Quickly Changing Planet By David Suzuki and Dave Robert Taylor (Toronto and Vancouver: Greystone Books; London and New York: David Suzuki Foundation: 2009, 272 pp., $19.95, 2009, paperback) In his latest book, David Suzuki tackles most of planet earth’s biggest issues, from the warming of the […]

An Unharmonious History Revisited

CAMP HARMONY: SEATTLE’S JAPANESE AMERICANS AND THE PUYALLUP ASSEMBLY CENTER By Louis Fiset (Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2009, 232 pp., $25, paperback) Many readers are probably familiar with Louis Fiset’s previous works, especially “Imprisoned Apart.” He has produced another important work on a subject long ignored perhaps because of the temporary nature of the […]

Documented: From Exile to Release from Concentration Camps

MOVING IMAGES: Photography and the Japanese American Incarceration By Jasmine Alinder (Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2009, 232 pp., $40.00, paperback) With the advent of digital, cell, and even laptop cameras, we snap endless images knowing that we can just transport them to a worldwide audience or merely delete them into cyberspace without a second […]

Introduction to New Years – A Movement to Save the Community Press

When we began our efforts to save a cherished legacy, we had no idea how the community would respond. But you all did, in a big way. We’re truly indebted to all who have contributed to our movement to continue the ethnic press in a groundbreaking new format. We are pioneering a path that no […]

An Angry Asian Man Brings the Community Together

Representation in the media has long been an issue for Asian Americans. Growing up, many would pay special attention to the TV any time an Asian Pacific Islander (API) guest star was on a sitcom or an episode was set in Chinatown. Such finds were usually quite random, but today, thanks to social and technological developments, one can find notice of upcoming appearances by APIs in the media, clips of the show itself, and analysis of its racial content on the Internet. And, for many, the blog Angry Asian Man, run by Philip Yu, has become the one stop shop for all those things listed above and more.

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