THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Brassica oleracea italica

Huh? Technically, it’s Brassica oleracea variation italica or that veggie that the 41st president refused to consume, the humble crown of broccoli. Why broccoli? For starters, broccoli crowns have been on sale in the 50th, ranging from $1.99 to $2.49 (yes, that is a sale price in the 50th) so I’ve been consuming my fair […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Symposium to address Japanese American community’s fractures

I am excited about a program that is being presented at the Presidio as part of the “Then They Came For Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties” exhibit, which features pictures of the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. If you don’t know about this exhibit, or […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Not Mary Ann or Mrs. Howell

Who arguably was the most popular woman who took that fateful three-hour trip on the S.S. Minnow? It definitely wasn’t Mrs. Lovey Howell. Some may say it was Mary Ann, though I believe because of that slinky evening gown, it was Ginger. That’s not the ginger I’ll be highlighting, however, but that fleshy rhizome of […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Nisei songbird Toshiko Hasegawa soared in Italy and beyond

This week’s column, which forms part of our series uncovering the fascinating story of Nikkei opera singers, centers on the Nisei soprano Toshiko Hasegawa, who lived in Italy and distinguished herself by her performances of Cho-Cho-San in Giacomo Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” and other parts, starring at opera houses such as Milan’s La Scala. Born in […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: UC Berkeley JA alumnae group issues award and scholarships

On March 16 on a beautiful spring day, the Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley held its 29th annual scholarship award lunch at the Berkeley Country Club in El Cerrito, Calif. Over the years, the organization has awarded 135 undergraduate and 65 graduate scholarships to young women of Japanese ancestry attending the University of […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Cool as a cuke

The fruit of Cucumis sativus is often relegated to a bit player on our dining tables. Sometimes it has a small role in America’s sandwich of choice, the hamburger, when it’s pickled and sliced. Sometimes it garnishes those finger sandwiches served at the customary British tea time. But its most frequent appearance is usually as […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Boosting breakfast

Because workday mornings aren’t paced at leisure, especially when awakening just south of 4 a.m., my workday breakfasts are primarily created to get me to lunch without that mid-morning stomach rumbling or grumbling. Thus, I have the same old breakfast, Coach’s oatmeal from Costco, mixed with Bran Buds and dried cranberries microwaved for two minutes, […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Reminders of gross injustices

As we approach February 19, we will again commemorate the date of the signing of the Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1942, the official order that set into motion the incarceration of the Pacific Coast population of American Japanese for the duration of World War II. In the Bay Area, this will […]

ENTERTAINMENT RE-ORIENTED: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ to pave the way for future Asian American films

It’s hard to deny that 2018 is a landmark year for Asian American representation in media. “Crazy Rich Asians,” the Asian American-directed, all-Asian cast-having feature film is the highest-grossing rom-com in a decade, proving the profitability of Asian faces on the big screen and essentially guaranteeing there will be more of them. Many Asian Americans […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Use your noodle … Again

I say again because after I started this column, I looked back at previous articles then realized I used the same title back in October 2009. So while the title is almost verbatim, I won’t plagiarize myself with the content. But noodles do play a traditional role during Oshogatsu, both before and after the turning […]

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