Archives for July 2015

Analyzation and critique of a cute global character

Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific By Christine R. Yano (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2013, 336 pp., $24.95, paperback, $89.95 cloth) For ardent fans or the casual Hello Kitty consumer, Christine Yano’s book, “Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific” has a little something for everyone. The book focuses on Hello […]

A ‘twisted trip’ filled with ‘raunchy comedy and poignant tenderness’

The Confessions of a Number One Son: The Great Chinese American Novel  By Frank Chin, edited by Calvin McMillin (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2015, 280 pp., $24, paperback, $45 cloth) Calvin McMillin is to be commended for breathing life into a long-lost novel by Frank Chin, a writer who has been instrumental in shaping […]

Evolving Force Ellie Rush a new mystery series

GRAVE ON GRAND AVENUE By Naomi Hirahara (New York: Penguin Group USA, 2015, 304 pp., $7.99, paperback) “Grave on Grand Avenue,” the much anticipated second book in the new Ellie Rush Mystery Series by Naomi Hirahara, provides intrigue, international inquiry, and family drama amid a dynamic and eclectic Los Angeles landscape. Determined and earnest LAPD […]

Novel develops robust wartime female characters, despite some missteps

Editor’s Note: A version of the review was originally printed on RED BERRIES, WHITE CLOUDS, BLUE SKY By Sandra Dallas, (Ann Arbor, Mich.: Sleeping Bear Press, 2014, 216 pp., $15.95 hardcover, $9.99 paperback, $9.99 PDF, $27.95 hosted ebook) Sandra Dallas’ “Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky” — published in 2014 by Sleeping Bear Press […]

Mitsubishi Materials makes historic apology to ex-POW forced laborers

LOS ANGELES — A top executive from Japan’s Mitsubishi Materials Corp. delivered July 19 a historic apology to former American prisoners of war who were used as forced labor during World War II. Hikaru Kimura, senior executive officer at the company, said through a translator that the company expressed “our most remorseful apology” to the […]

Abe Cabinet support rating plunges after security bills rammed through

TOKYO — The approval rating for the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plunged by 9.7 percentage points from June to 37.7 percent, the lowest since he returned to power in December 2012, as a majority of the public objected to the ruling camp ramming controversial security bills through the lower house, a Kyodo News […]

Lin signs with Charlotte Hornets

Jeremy Lin, a 26-year-old Palo Alto, Calif. native who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers last season, signed a free agent contract with the Charlotte Hornets on July 9. “We’re really excited to add Jeremy to our team,” said Hornets General Manager Rich Cho in a conference call with media after signing Lin, […]

Resolution for ‘comfort women’ memorial in SF moves to committee

While the San Francisco Board of Supervisors at its July 21 full meeting moved a resolution in support of a “comfort women” memorial to committee, the public comment session had those on both sides of establishing a memorial to remember the victims of the Japanese military’s wartime sexual enslavement of women trying to espouse their […]

Retired general calls for revival of concentration camps

A retired general and former Democratic presidential candidate called for reinstituting World War II-era concentration camps for “disloyal” Americans, Wesley Clark said in a July 17 interview with MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts. Clark advocated in the interview — which followed the July 16 mass shooting in Chattanooga, Tenn. that left five people dead — for using […]

Princess goes from misfit to superheroine

Princess TenTen and the Dark Skies By Setsu Shigematsu, illustrated by A. Das (Corona, Calif.: Guardian Princess Alliance, 2014, 38 pp., retail price $14.99; special GPA price $12.99 paperback) This fourth book in the Guardian Princesses series shows us how a princess who feels herself a misfit becomes a superheroine. Young Ten Ten is interested […]

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