Archives for 2019

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The humble cabbage

Yes, I realize that it’s not the sexiest food or vegetable. And though it’s the main ingredient in coleslaw, when was the last time you had a Pavlovian reaction when someone placed a bowl of coleslaw in front of you? Most of the other Brassica oleracea cultivars have their devoted and dedicated followers, like kale, […]

Sequel leads adoptee from HI to WWII concentration camps in NorCal

By Alan Brennert (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2019, 320 pp., $27.99, hardcover) Daughter of Moloka‘i First and foremost, writer Alan Brennert is a wonderful world builder. It’s not surprising that he has received a glowing review of his latest novel, “Daughter of Moloka‘i,” from Games of Thrones’ George R. R. Martin. They both are […]

Accidental sleuth

ICED IN PARADISE: A Leilani Santiago Hawai’i Mystery By Naomi Hirahara (Altadena, Calif.: Prospect Park Books, 2019, 216 pp., $16, paperback) Stepping into “Iced in Paradise,” author Naomi Hirahara immediately establishes a local vantage point, from behind the counter of Santiago Shave Ice. When a mainlander asks about Waimea Wonder, her grandmother’s signature combination, lead […]

Unearthing one family’s history

TADAIMA! I AM HOME: A TRANSNATIONAL FAMILY HISTORY By Tom Coffman (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2018, 176 pp., $17.99, paperback) The volume under review, the most recent of many documentary books by award-winning veteran independent researcher, writer, and producer Tom Coffman, characteristically incorporates historical themes pertaining to Hawai‘i. What makes “Tadaima! I Am Home” […]

OBITUARY: Yuriko Yokota

YOKOTA, YURIKO, 104, passed away peacefully at her home in Hayward, California, on June 18, 2019. She was born April 4, 1915 to Jujiro Sugihara and Teru Kobayashi Sugihara in San Francisco, and was raised in Richmond, CA, where she attended San Pablo Elementary and Richmond High School. In 1942 Yuri and her parents and […]

OBITUARY: Mitsue “Mitzi” Kamikawa Hurlbert

KAMIKAWA HURLBERT, MITSUE “MITZI” entered the Pure Land peacefully at home on June 27, 2019. She was 99. Mitzi, as she was known, was born on Jan. 24, 1920, in Fresno, California. She was the third of five children to Koichi and Kaoru Shimata Kamikawa, who ran the popular Kamikawa Brothers general merchandise store in […]

OBITUARY: Kikue “Kay” Shirai

SHIRAI, KIKUE “KAY”, age 97, of Sacramento passed away peacefully on May 22, 2019. Kay was born in Mount Eden, California on January 24, 1922 to Kiichi and Ryo Tomotoshi. She graduated Hayward Union High School. In 1942 her family was incarcerated at Topaz Relocation Center and then Tule Lake Segregation Center. For 28 years […]

‘Respectable’ biography on Norman Mineta falls short of potential

Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War II By Andrea Warren (New York: Margaret Ferguson Books/Holiday House, 2019, 224 pp., $22.99, hardcover) When I was in elementary school, I was introduced to the American Revolution through the biography of Johnny Tremain, which may […]

OBITUARY: Mutsuko Alice (Taguma) Honda

HONDA, MUTSUKO ALICE (TAGUMA), passed away peacefully at her home in Sacramento, Calif. on June 17, 2019 after a long battle with dementia. She was 88. A vivacious spirit, she commanded the spotlight when she entered a room, & was known to have a big heart, kind to everyone, & was a great cook. A […]

Willow finds her way

PILU OF THE WOODS Written and illustrated by Mai K. Nguyen (Portland, Ore.: Oni Press, 2019, 160 pp., $12.99, paperback) “Pilu of the Woods” is a charming book featuring both a profound message that children will be able to resonate with, and simplistic yet colorful visuals. The plot mostly follows the actions of a girl […]

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