Arts & Entertainment

The ‘revolutionary Aunties’

The Auntie Sewing Squad Guide to Mask Making, Radical Care, and Racial Justice Edited by Mai-Linh K. Hong, Chrissy Yee Lau and Preeti Sharma (Oakland, Calif.: University of California Press, 2021, 288 pp., $24.95, paperback) In every immigrant community, we can find skilled seamstresses and resourceful crafters. It’s a survival skill passed down in our […]

A pandemic mystery in the middle of the Pacific Ocean

AN ETERNAL LEI : A Leilani Santiago Hawai‘i Mystery By Naomi Hirahara (Altadena, Calif.: Prospect Park Books, 2022, 200 pp., $17.99, paperback) When what at first appears to be a giant jellyfish floating off the coast turns out to be a lady, Dani screams out to her sister Sophie for help. They drag the limp […]

‘Historical insight into the management of marginalized aliens’

CLOSING THE GOLDEN DOOR: ASIAN MIGRATION AND THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF EXCLUSION AT ELLIS ISLAND By Anna Pegler-Gordon (Chapel Hill, N.C.: The University of North Carolina Press, 2021, 344 pp., $29.95, paperback) Anna Pegler-Gordon’s new book centers on the mythic immigration station at New York’s Ellis Island. The author makes a novel and convincing case […]

A classroom favorite and must-have for families

Hello Maggie! Revised 2nd Edition By Shigeru Yabu, illustrated by Willie Ito (Camarillo, Calif.: Yabitoon Books, 2021, 42 pp., $19.95, paperback) “Hello Maggie!” is the true childhood story of author Shig Yabu and his best friend, a magpie named Maggie. It is also a chronicle of Shig and his family’s forced removal from their life […]

Finding hope behind bars

LOVE IN THE LIBRARY By Maggie Tokuda-Hall, illustrated by Yas Imamura (Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2022, 40 pp, $18.99, hardcover) To many of us, the wartime incarceration is an impossible story. We thought we were free. We are American citizens with all the privileges that holds. So we find it impossible to believe that our […]

A virtual tour of artist Ruth Asawa’s work

Appreciators can now visit Ruth Asawa’s Bay Area public art installations while listening to immersive interviews on their mobile devices through a free, online audio tour. The digital tour is like having an expert curator and the Asawa’s family in your pocket; exploring who Asawa was as an artist, mother, educator and activist, while explaining […]

‘The American democratic and multicultural promise’

THE KINDNESS OF COLOR: THE STORY OF TWO FAMILIES AND MENDEZ, ET AL. V. WESTMINSTER, THE 1947 DESEGREGATION OF CALIFORNIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS By Janice Munemitsu (Self-published, 2021, 211 pp., $14.99, paperback) In 1949, when I was 10 years old, my family moved from New Jersey to Goleta, Calif., where I enrolled as a sixth grader […]

A JA’s story of overcoming the odds

MY JOURNEY THROUGH FOUR WORLDS: GROWING UP IN THE JAPANESE, DEAF, HEARING, AND AMERICAN WORLDS By Ronald M. Hirano (Savory Words Publishing: 2021, 159 pp., $19.95, paperback) “Picture if you will, a nine-year-old Japanese American boy with downcast eyes standing beside a tall white lady at a boarding stop as hundreds of Japanese Americans were […]

A ‘comprehensive treatment’ of the wartime incarceration of JAs

WHEN CAN WE GO BACK TO AMERICA? VOICES OF JAPANESE AMERICAN INCARCERATION DURING WWII By Susan H. Kamei (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2021, 736 pp., $22.99, hardcover) During the 1980s, I was privileged to co-direct the Honorable Stephen K. Tamura Orange County Japanese American Oral History Project (OCJAOHP), jointly sponsored by the Japanese American […]

How Hawai‘i avoided incarcerating Japanese Americans en masse

INCLUSION: HOW HAWAI‘I PROTECTED JAPANESE AMERICANS FROM MASS INTERNMENT, TRANSFORMED ITSELF, AND CHANGED AMERICA By Tom Coffman (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2021, 384 pp., $24.99, paperback) Tom Coffman is a prolific scholar, journalist and filmmaker whose books “Nation Within” and “The Island Edge of America: A Political History of Hawai‘i” have shaped scholarly discourse […]

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