Archives for July 2013

The importance of Japanese American baseball

Nikkei Baseball: Japanese American Players from Immigration and Internment to the Major Leagues By Samuel O. Regalado (Champaign, Ill.: University of Illinois Press, 2013, 208 pp., $80, cloth, $25, paperback) From its roots in Meiji era Japan, history professor Samuel O. Regalado traces Nikkei baseball’s journey from Japan to Hawai‘i, and then to the Pacific […]

The uncommon commoners

PROFESSOR RISLEY AND THE IMPERIAL JAPANESE TROUPE: HOW AN AMERICAN ACROBAT INTRODUCED CIRCUS TO JAPAN AND JAPAN TO THE WEST By Frederik L. Schodt (Berkeley, Calif.: Stone Bridge Press, 2012, 336 pp., $35, hardcover) San Francisco is known to be the port of entry for the Kanrin Maru, the first Japanese diplomatic mission to the […]

Former Washington state legislator Kip Tokuda dies

SEATTLE — Former Washington State Legislator Kip Tokuda died of a heart attack on July 13, The Associated Press reported. He was 66. The Seattle City Council issued the following statement on Tokuda’s passing, saying he “devoted his entire professional career to advancing the well-being of Washington’s children, and worked as a champion for families […]

FULL COUNT: Tanaka hot, Ichiro gets historic hit, JAs have mixed plate of action

Kensuke Tanaka has been a nice addition to the San Francisco Giants since being called up on July 9, providing a spark, a smile, and spectacular catches in left and brilliant base running. He’s batting .276 with four runs, three walks, two RBIs and one steal in 12 games while platooning in left field with […]

Nichi Bei Foundation welcomes five new board members

The Nichi Bei Foundation recently welcomed five new board members, adding youthful energy and leadership experience in the largest one-time addition to the board since the organization’s formation in 2009. The Board Development Committee chaired by Sharron Sue and composed of Grace Horikiri, Jonathan Shindo, Bruce Hironaka, Karen Ijichi Perkins and Allen Okamoto presented the […]

Fit for a king

Good Fortune in a Wrapping Cloth By Joan Schoettler, illustrated by Jessica Lanan (Walnut Creek, Calif.: Shen’s Books, 2011, $17.95, 32 pp., hardcover) In “Good Fortune in a Wrapping Cloth,” the ties between a mother and her daughter bring modern-day readers to ancient Korea. Eomma, (Mother) has been chosen to live in the king’s court, […]

A family’s resiliency inspite of the realities of war

A Path of Stars By Anne Sibley O’Brien (Watertown, Mass.: Charlesbridge Publishing, 2012, $15.95, 40 pp., hardcover) This is my first experience with Cambodian American fiction. Anne Sibley O’Brien undertakes a big challenge as she tries to write and illustrate from a Cambodian immigrant viewpoint. The role of the Maine Humanities Council in sponsoring this […]

Asian American Movement study showcases U.S. cultural radicalism’s robust tradition

CHAINS OF BABYLON: The Rise of Asian America By Daryl J. Maeda (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009, 224 pp., $20, paperback) At California State University, Fullerton, I taught history, Asian American studies and American studies courses. My favorite was an American studies offering developed in the mid-1970s: “American Cultural Radicalism.” If now teaching it, […]

Scholars discuss research in JA studies at JAMsj

SAN JOSE — A group of scholars shared the findings of their research in Japanese American studies July 13 at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose. Jane Yamashiro, Jeffrey Yamashita and Dean Adachi spoke to an audience of approximately 50 people as part of a lecture, “Emerging Research in Japanese American Studies.” The event […]

Come hither to a tale of a cat who brought good fortune

Maneki Neko, the Tale of the Beckoning Cat By Susan Lendroth, illustrated by Kathryn Otoshi (Walnut Creek, Calif.: Shen’s Books, 2010, $17.95, 32 pp., hardcover) This is the story of how the porcelain statue of a white cat with a raised paw became a folk symbol for good luck. Long ago a hungry stray cat […]

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