Archives for 2021

ENTERTAINMENT RE-ORIENTED: For Asian American entertainment, 2020 marks a new beginning — but the beginning of what exactly?

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part series. When we talk about eras in entertainment media, we often define them by decades. Eighties movies, sixties rock or ‘90s video games. This is ultimately pretty arbitrary, of course — when the calendar flips from December 1999 to January 2000, what’s happening in film, books […]

San Francisco’s first Asian sheriff reflects on chaotic year

Sheriff Paul Miyamoto, 53, has kept his spirits up despite a chaotic first year. The newly minted sheriff hit the ground running as the coronavirus pandemic reached San Francisco just months after Miyamoto assumed office Jan. 8, 2020. The outbreak required Miyamoto to work quickly with other city leaders amid unprecedented turmoil. “It’s given me […]

The virtual Nikkei

To call this past year “unprecedented” is the understatement of all understatements. But as we noted in the commentary at the onset of the pandemic — “Navigating the new normal” (March 26, 2020) — “we are a resilient community, which fought racist immigration laws, endured our wartime incarceration and rebuilt our lives from scratch after […]

‘I am who I am’: Collin Morikawa embraces his role as an Asian American athlete

For a second, Collin Morikawa didn’t even smile. Leaning over to pick up his ball after a short putt on the final hole at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, it looked like the conclusion of any other round of golf. Then, he broke into a huge smile. “I’m on cloud nine, I don’t know […]

How to make mochi

MOCHI MAGIC: 50 TRADITIONAL AND MODERN RECIPES FOR THE JAPANESE TREAT By Kaori Becker (North Adams, Mass.: Storey Publishing, 2020, 192 pp., $16.95, paperback) “Mochi Magic” is a fun, cute — in fact downright adorable — and incredibly useful book of recipes for making, you guessed it, mochi. The diminutive volume is just 6-and-a-half inches […]

Asian American all-stars

AWESOME ASIAN AMERICANS: 20 STARS WHO MADE AMERICA AMAZING By Phil Amara and Oliver Chin, illustrated by Juan Calle (San Francisco: Immedium, 2020, 128 pp., $17.95, paperback) Here’s a book describing 20 Asian Americans who became trailblazers, paving the way for all Asians in our country in diverse fields. “Not all are household names. Some […]

On being Asian American in Hollywood

INTERIOR CHINATOWN By Charles Yu (New York: Pantheon Books, 2020, 288 pp., $16, paperback) During Act I of Charles Yu’s comical and award-winning novel, “Interior Chinatown,” I had a flashback to the mid-1980s when my late father, Nisei writer/actor Hiroshi Kashiwagi, landed a role as a Chinese coolie in a murder mystery play. As Yu […]

FINDING YOUR NIKKEI ROOTS: What’s your plan?

Many of you began your family history journey in 2020 when you had extra time during the COVID-19 quarantine. While you might not be celebrating Oshogatsu with your loved ones this year (at least not in person), it might be the perfect time to connect with those “other” family members, your ancestors. As you move […]

THROUGH YONSEI EYES: Summer

In this cold and lonely winter, I can’t help but dream of the picture perfect Japanese summers I enjoyed during my time in Tottori. It seems like forever ago that life was so carefree, but during these difficult times I can still find sunshine in those memories of lazy days and long nights, beers on […]

Meet Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook

Editor’s Note: Portions of this interview were used in a previous post on Nikkeiview.com and in the Pacific Citizen. Namiko Chen’s Just One Cookbook has become a go-to source for anyone who’s interested in cooking authentic Japanese food at home. Her media empire of a popular Website, social media and YouTube Channel all offer recipes […]

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