Arts & Entertainment

Queering the inquiry of Asian American art

QUEERING CONTEMPORARY ASIAN AMERICAN ART Edited By Laura Kina and Jan Christian Bernabe (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2017, 296 pp., $90 hardcover; $40 paperback) This anthology grows out of a National Endowment for the Humanities-sponsored Summer Institute held at New York University in 2012, co-directed by Margo Machida and Alexandra Chang and entitled, “Re-Envisioning […]

An illustrative guide to Japan

Cool Tokyo Guide: Adventures in the City of Kawaii Fashion, Train Sushi and Godzilla By Abby Denson (North Clarendon, Vt.: Tuttle Publishing, 2018, 128pp., $14.99, paperback) Those prone to wanderlust beware: Comic book writer Abby Denson’s illustrated handbooks to Japan will have you looking up flights to Tokyo before you’re even finished reading. In “Cool […]

Reconceptualizing the narrative of American art

THE OTHER AMERICAN MODERNS: MATSURA, ISHIGAKI, NODA, HAYAKAWA By ShiPu Wang (University Park, Penn: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2017, 196 pp., $69.95, hard cover) I have always been intrigued by the titles authors select to represent their books, and most especially if they are as deftly apt as that ShiPu Wang has devised for the […]

A Nisei’s path to pacifism

MY LIFE’S JOURNEY By Ted T. Tsukiyama (Honolulu, Watermark Publishing, 2017, 160 pp., $17.95, paperback) Ted Tsukiyama is a charter member of the Nisei, “the Greatest Generation.” Born in Hawai‘i in 1920, the son of shopkeepers, he was a student at the University of Hawai‘i when he was mobilized into the Hawaii Territorial Guard on […]

‘Jewel’ of a tribute to Heart Mountain

MOVING WALLS: THE BARRACKS OF AMERICA’S CONCENTRATION CAMPS By Sharon Yamato (Washington: National Park Service, 2017, 64 pp., $19.95, paperback) Sharon Yamato is truly a lovely person. She is also a lyrical writer, a seasoned journalist, a capable historian, a skilled interviewer, an accomplished curator and a talented filmmaker. The daughter of parents who were […]

Seeing through ‘Haiku Eyes’

WRITE YOUR OWN HAIKU FOR KIDS: SEE THE WORLD THROUGH “HAIKU EYES” By Patricia Donegan (North Clarendon, Vt.: Tuttle Publishing, 2018, 48 pp., $10.99, hardcover) Poetry has often gotten a bad rap among kids, much to the chagrin of nerdy teacher types like me. I’m always on the lookout for resources to make poetry and […]

Heart and courage: A Nisei veteran’s story

MASAO: A NISEI SOLDIER’S SECRET AND HEROIC ROLE IN WORLD WAR II By Sandra Vea (Seattle: DMA Books, 2016, 360 pp., $18.99, paperback) As a visit to almost any American new or used bookstore will quickly confirm, military history is an exceedingly popular genre of literature. This is particularly the case as it pertains to […]

Lifelong friends create film on stuntman Imada, other untold stories

To complete “Jeff Imada: Breaking Barriers By Design”— a documentary film about longtime stuntman and stunt coordinator Jeff Imada, director Cory Shiozaki reached into his own past to help him complete the 10-minute short film that premiered last month at the Visual Communications’ Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival as part of its Digital Histories […]

Mineta legacy: Film on Japanese American icon makes its debut

A documentary highlighting the life and career of Norman Yoshio Mineta, the legislator who achieved many firsts for Asians in American politics, will have its world premiere at the Center for Asian American Media’s annual festival Thursday, May 10 at 7 p.m. at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. Co-producer and director Dianne Fukami stated […]

CAAMFest to highlight Nikkei experiences

CAAMFest36, the 36th annual film festival presented by the Center for Asian American Media, opens with the world premiere of “An American Story: Norman Mineta And His Legacy,” Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m. at the Castro Theatre at 429 Castro St. in San Francisco. “The Registry,” by Bill Kubota and Steve Ozone, documents aging […]

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