Book Reviews

We publish extensive book reviews in our New Year’s Edition and Summer Book Review.

  • A lifelong relationship: Citizens and the state

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    A lifelong relationship: Citizens and the state
    A lifelong relationship: Citizens and the state

    PRISONS AND PATRIOTS: Japanese American Wartime Citizenship, Civil Disobedience, and Historical Memory By Cherstin M. Lyon (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2011, 233 pp., $30.95, paperback) “Prisons and Patriots” is Cherstin […] READ MORE

  • A salute to Nikkei military leaders

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    A salute to Nikkei military leaders
    A salute to Nikkei military leaders

    NIKKEI GENERALS AND ADMIRALS: UNITED STATES MILITARY By Ansho Mas Uchima and Minoru Shinmoto (Fullerton, Calif.: Nikkei Writers Guild Division of Japanese American Living Legacy, 2010, 134 pp., $30, paperback) […] READ MORE

  • A legendary artist’s lifetime of loneliness

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    THE EAST-WEST HOUSE: Noguchi’s Childhood in Japan By Christy Hale (New York: Lee and Low Books, 2009, 32 pp., $17.95, hardcover) Always having been curious about the life of biracial […] READ MORE

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    Reading for recovery

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    Reading for recovery
    Reading for recovery

    In the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and ongoing nuclear crisis, social media played a key role in raising funds for victims in the earthquake and tsunami-hit region. […] READ MORE

  • Love and marriage

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    Love and marriage
    Love and marriage

    SCENES FROM AN IMPENDING MARRIAGE By Adrian Tomine (Montréal, Canada: Drawn & Quarterly, 2011, 56 pp., $9.95, hard cover) There are several things about Adrian Tomine’s “Scenes from an Impending […] READ MORE

  • Rice, it’s what’s for dinner

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    Rice, it’s what’s for dinner
    Rice, it’s what’s for dinner

    THE HAWAI’I BOOK OF RICE: TALES, TRIVIA AND 101 GREAT RECIPES By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi (Honolulu: Watermark Publishing, 2011, $15.95, paperback) A blend of history book, storybook and cookbook, “The […] READ MORE

  • Mass mascot mania

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    FUZZ & FUR: JAPAN’S COSTUMED CHARACTERS By Edward and John Harrison (New York: Mark Batty Publisher, 2011, 144 pp., $16.95, hardcover) Edward and John Harrison put together a collection of […] READ MORE

  • Anecdotes from times now past

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    THE DEMON AT AGI BRIDGE AND OTHER JAPANESE TALES Edited by Haruo Shirane and translated by Burton Watson (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010, 160 pp., $22.50, paperback) Ancient texts […] READ MORE

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    THE HEART OF KANJI: An eternal journey

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    永 (Ei) means “eternity,” and consists of two parts. The top dot is shaped like a single drop of rain. The bottom is a stream from a great river that […] READ MORE

  • From the Yamato Colony to ‘Mr. YMCA’

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    From the Yamato Colony to ‘Mr. YMCA’
    From the Yamato Colony to ‘Mr. YMCA’

    PEARLS: THE FRED Y. HOSHIYAMA STORY As told to Doug Nakashima, edited by Craig Altschul ed. (Chicago: Marshall Jones, 2010, 67 pp., $24.95, paperback) This must be the season for […] READ MORE