Archives for July 2018

Queering the inquiry of Asian American art

QUEERING CONTEMPORARY ASIAN AMERICAN ART Edited By Laura Kina and Jan Christian Bernabe (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2017, 296 pp., $90 hardcover; $40 paperback) This anthology grows out of a National Endowment for the Humanities-sponsored Summer Institute held at New York University in 2012, co-directed by Margo Machida and Alexandra Chang and entitled, “Re-Envisioning […]

An illustrative guide to Japan

Cool Tokyo Guide: Adventures in the City of Kawaii Fashion, Train Sushi and Godzilla By Abby Denson (North Clarendon, Vt.: Tuttle Publishing, 2018, 128pp., $14.99, paperback) Those prone to wanderlust beware: Comic book writer Abby Denson’s illustrated handbooks to Japan will have you looking up flights to Tokyo before you’re even finished reading. In “Cool […]

Reconceptualizing the narrative of American art

THE OTHER AMERICAN MODERNS: MATSURA, ISHIGAKI, NODA, HAYAKAWA By ShiPu Wang (University Park, Penn: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2017, 196 pp., $69.95, hard cover) I have always been intrigued by the titles authors select to represent their books, and most especially if they are as deftly apt as that ShiPu Wang has devised for the […]

A Nisei’s path to pacifism

MY LIFE’S JOURNEY By Ted T. Tsukiyama (Honolulu, Watermark Publishing, 2017, 160 pp., $17.95, paperback) Ted Tsukiyama is a charter member of the Nisei, “the Greatest Generation.” Born in Hawai‘i in 1920, the son of shopkeepers, he was a student at the University of Hawai‘i when he was mobilized into the Hawaii Territorial Guard on […]

‘Jewel’ of a tribute to Heart Mountain

MOVING WALLS: THE BARRACKS OF AMERICA’S CONCENTRATION CAMPS By Sharon Yamato (Washington: National Park Service, 2017, 64 pp., $19.95, paperback) Sharon Yamato is truly a lovely person. She is also a lyrical writer, a seasoned journalist, a capable historian, a skilled interviewer, an accomplished curator and a talented filmmaker. The daughter of parents who were […]

Seeing through ‘Haiku Eyes’

WRITE YOUR OWN HAIKU FOR KIDS: SEE THE WORLD THROUGH “HAIKU EYES” By Patricia Donegan (North Clarendon, Vt.: Tuttle Publishing, 2018, 48 pp., $10.99, hardcover) Poetry has often gotten a bad rap among kids, much to the chagrin of nerdy teacher types like me. I’m always on the lookout for resources to make poetry and […]

Heart and courage: A Nisei veteran’s story

MASAO: A NISEI SOLDIER’S SECRET AND HEROIC ROLE IN WORLD WAR II By Sandra Vea (Seattle: DMA Books, 2016, 360 pp., $18.99, paperback) As a visit to almost any American new or used bookstore will quickly confirm, military history is an exceedingly popular genre of literature. This is particularly the case as it pertains to […]

Despite disappointment, Japan can take pride

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia — Following a tumultuous and at-times controversial journey to the knockout stage, Japan came close to reaching their first-ever World Cup quarterfinals on July 2 before having their hearts broken by a last-gasp Belgium goal. In a turn of events few would have predicted, the Samurai Blue fought their way to a 2-0 […]

Japanese Americans condemn Trump Executive Order detaining families

Los Angeles’ Nikkei Progressives and San Francisco/Bay Area’s Nikkei Resisters condemn the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that has separated children from parents and placed them in child detention centers. This executive order follows several months of tearing children from their parents and jailing them in so-called “tender age” facilities. Despite Trump’s latest executive order […]

Critics oppose Trump’s plan for Arkansas detention site

Three prominent natives of Arkansas expressed strong opposition to a plan by the Trump administration to study two sites in Arkansas for development as temporary facilities to imprison children of undocumented immigrants and refugees who were arrested and detained by immigration and border agents. One site is the Little Rock Air Force Base and the […]

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