Archives for March 2011

OBITUARY: Joseph Yatabe

YATABE, JOSEPH, age 87, born June 8, 1923 in Sebastopol, Calif., passed away on March 13, 2011. Survived by his wife of 60 years, Ayako, sons Steve (Cathy), Mike and Dave (Debbie) and daughter, Darlene (Marvin) Wong. Also leaves 7 grandchildren, Eric, Stephanie and Jessica Yatabe, Melissa and Melanie Wong, Jennifer and Keith Yatabe, and […]

YONSEI RAPPERS ON A HIP-HOP JOURNEY: ScoJourners claim their history and connect across borders through rap

It’s not easy being independent these days. All the harder if you are a group of hip-hop artists committed to musical integrity in an era of the corporatized, cookie-cutter music. Even tougher when you are Asian Americans, meaning you don’t exactly fit the mold of the generic rapper. But galvanized by a love for the […]

Ways you can help survivors in Northern Japan (a partial list)

United States Bakesale for Japan Saturday, April 2 A number of professional and amateur bakers, cooks, artists, artisans, and musicians from around the nation, and in Toronto, will offer their Bakesale for Japan event, featuring baked goods by professional and amateur bakers alike. The bake sale, which takes place Saturday, April 2, aims to raise […]

THE KAERU KID: N’awlins is alive and well

A recent visit to one of my favorite cities brought back some wonderful memories as well as a full tummy. With great pleasure, I report that New Orleans is alive and well and recovering nicely from Hurricane Katrina. The French Quarter and nearby environs don’t even appear to have been affected, since it was situated […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Closely watched owls

I have been spending a little time each day looking in on a family of owls. An owlhouse was built in Southern California by an owl lover, and a pair of barn owls named Syd and Mel moved in. Some cameras have been attached so that the owls could be observed 24/7. Seven eggs were […]

JET teachers in Miyagi say they won’t leave

SENDAI, Japan — Many foreign teachers have decided to stay in Miyagi Prefecture, one of the areas worst hit by the catastrophic March 11 earthquake and tsunami, despite adversities wrought by the disaster and worried families back home urging their immediate return amid radiation fears. For some, a strong sense of attachment to their adopted […]

Will Japan treat its foreigners better after the earthquake?

Soon after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Northern Japan on March 11, Haruki Eda, a Korean Japanese man living in the United States, posted a blog for Eclipse Rising, a U.S.-based organization that works to support and fundraise for Japan’s Korean community. “This havoc will no doubt transform Japanese society,” writes Eda, “but in which direction?” His is […]


夢 (Yume) means “dream or future vision.” This character consists of three parts. The top part of this character represents an eyelash and eye. The middle part represents a blanket to cover a person’s face. The bottom part represents the moon at evening. Most of us think of the word “dream” as what we see […]

Junji Ito’s Gyo to become an anime

Little girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice. Little boys are made of snips and snails and puppy-dog tails. Junji Ito is made of Maggots and offal and kitty-cats. I discovered Junji Ito as a young high schooler browsing Borders. It was there I discovered the magic of  “Uzumaki,” a few years […]

Limbaugh Amused that Earthquake Hit Birthplace of Prius

Apparently, Rush’s understanding of the concept of environmentalism is that you make Mother Earth offerings of Priuses and recycled plastic in hopes she won’t smite you. Media Matters has a transcript and a quick list of some of his other absurd, unfeeling statements.

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