Archives for 2020

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: When the livin’ is easy

I don’t think George Gershwin and DuBose Heyward envisioned a summer like this, though the tension in “Porgy and Bess” does mirror some of the social discord in the country. Between proliferating viruses and ongoing racial tension, you almost forget that it’s summer when we’re usually carefree and full of merriment. But even with social […]

Rights commission rules in favor of Japanese Latin Americans kidnapped during WWII

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States issued its verdict Aug. 4, ruling in favor of the late Isamu Carlos “Art” Shibayama and the Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project. The IACHR is an independent agency within the OAS, and its main mission is to promote the observance and protection of […]

Claudia Kishi is the coolest girl in the club

I was 17 when I moved to Oakland, Calif. to attend college. Since I needed to supplement my work-study income, I went to check out the career center job bulletin board, which was shingled with index cards and Xeroxed fliers fringed with phone numbers to call. By pure stroke of luck, I was hired by […]

Oyakodon (Sweet and Savory Chicken and Egg Bowl)

Oyako means “parent and child” and it refers to the ingredients here — the chicken and egg. The egg and sauce seep into the rice and make it jammy and delicious. This is a family-friendly dish and easy to make at home. Enjoy it with Easy Cucumber Pickles (page 35) on the side. In a […]

VOICES OF THE NIKKEI COMMUNITY: The aftermath of the Hiroshima atomic bomb

This first-person account of the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing was written several years ago by Ame Kobayashi, as part of her family memoirs. Ame was born in Idaho and raised there on a farm by her parents Junji and Kuniko Hamada, one of six children. She was sent to Japan after high school to […]

Ikigai during a pandemic

This time of year usually marks the height of the annual fair, festival and bazaar circuit, when Nikkei families and friends travel near and far to get their “fix” of favorites, such as teriyaki burgers, “the best” teriyaki chicken, steaming bowls of udon or manju with a modern twist. For many, annual cultural and community […]

Rabbit Rambling: Hoping and coping

I’ve taken some time off from this column because it was hard for me to feel that I had something sensible to say about what we have been living through. It’s as though we’re experiencing a slow, rolling earthquake that sends periodic shakes and shudders. We can’t tell when the next jolt will come or […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Heart of kindness for people and all things

人 (Hito) means “person.” 全て (Subete) This character, which represents a form of the person, means “everything.” The top of this word symbolizes the roof of a warehouse that stores many valuable items. 親 (Shin or oya) means “parents.” The top left side represents a person standing, and the bottom of this character represents a […]

The Great Unknown and the Unknown Great: The varied responses of American Anabaptists to the mass confinement of Japanese Americans during WWII

Editor’s Note: This column was co-written by Zacharie Leclair. In his 1981 master’s thesis, “The Response of the Historic Peace Churches to the internment of the Japanese Americans during World War II,” scholar Charles R. Lord makes a daring comparison between the experience of Japanese Americans confined in government camps during World War II on […]

Nagasaki A-bomb survivor determined to share memories in English

NAGASAKI, (Kyodo) — Michio Hakariya had been trying to share his experiences of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki with foreign audiences for some years when he began to feel that his inability to speak directly to them in their own language was blunting his message. Despite his advanced years, the response of the retired […]

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