FINDING YOUR NIKKEI ROOTS: A few of my favorite things

It’s getting to be that time of year again. Have you begun to ponder holiday gifts for your friends and family? How about genealogy gifts and gadgets from or for your favorite family historian? Consider the following gifts FOR the genealogy geek in the family: A scanner for digitally preserving photos and documents. There are […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: It’s that time again

You know that right after those Halloween pumpkins appear, it won’t be long until those Hallmark specials seem to be playing on every cable station and garland and boughs are adorning every shop window. And while the release of three effective vaccinations since last Christmas has put a little hope in peoples’ hearts early this […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: A country can be changed by a bouquet of flowers

一 (Hito, ichi) means “one.” This number indicates one finger. (Taba) means “bunch.” This word symbolizes wood or flowers tied with string. 花 (Hana) means ”flower.” The top portion of the character represents a plant, the left side represents a person and the right represents a person who is upside down. 国 (Kuni) means “country.” […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Rethinking ‘By Order of the President’

In my Aug. 19, 2021 column of the Nichi Bei Weekly, I commemorated the 20th anniversary of the publication of my first book, “By Order of the President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans,” by recounting the origins and development of the project — first as a dissertation, then as a published volume. I […]

FINDING YOUR NIKKEI ROOTS: Road Trip! Embark on a personal pilgrimage through family history

You’ve likely been researching your family history for ages. Are you ready to take your journey to the next level? At some point, you have to step away from the computer and get out of the libraries or archives. It’s time to plan your own heritage adventure. Every ancestral journey is personal. Many of you […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The magic elixir

Now that we’re well into fall, that means the changing of the leaves as trees start their hibernation into winter, no more wearing light colored attire (I never followed that fashion “rule” as it’s summer year-round in the 50th) and once again, flu season is upon us. Because of COVID, between the mandatory facemask mandates […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Former GI’s ‘idiosyncratic work’ on JAs

As World War II came to an end and American servicemen returned home, the nation welcomed a wave of literature about the wartime experience produced by former GIs, many of them in the first blush of youth. This initial crop included Gore Vidal’s novel “Williwaw” (1946); Thomas Heggen’s 1946 novel and subsequent play “Mister Roberts;” […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Back to the pantry

Though it now seems like a generation ago, early in the pandemic when supermarket shelves started looking somewhat bare as customers purchased pantry staples like canned beans, flour and most grains (rice) as soon as they were stocked on the shelves, we started purchasing dried legumes as our standby. Legumes contain both protein and fiber […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: The ‘desecration of sacred ground’ at Topaz

I imagine many of you know the story of James Hatsuaki Wakasa, the man who a sentry killed while Wakasa was walking with his dog along the barbed wire fence surrounding the Topaz (Central Utah) incarceration camp during World War II. This happened on April 11, 1943, during the period when camp inmates were being […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Mastering the Class

Due to the ongoing, unfortunate hate crimes targeting Asian Americans, MasterClass offered grants supporting the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Nichi Bei Weekly Editor-in-Chief Kenji G. Taguma applied for and received a grant supporting the Nichi Bei Foundation, which included an annual complimentary membership for Nichi Bei Foundation staff members. I was one of […]

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