CHANGING LANDSCAPE: The Japanese American experience and the California landscape

Greetings to the Nichi Bei community. My column this month will introduce you to the upcoming ethnic studies course I will begin teaching at Cal Poly Pomona on the Japanese American experience and the California landscape. After reading this, if you have any questions or information you’d like to suggest to include in this class, […]

NIKKEI Q: QTAPI Awareness Week

On Saturday, May 22, as San Francisco gradually opened, a modest group of Asian and Pacific Islander queer and trans folks and their friends gathered in June Warner Plaza in the Castro District of San Francisco. The assembly marked the launch of the city’s recognition of the first ever Queer and Transgender Asian Pacific Islander […]

FINDING YOUR NIKKEI ROOTS: It’s about time …

It’s been a very long year (and more) of sheltering-in-place, wearing masks and working remotely. Most family historians have actually enjoyed the opportunity to research from the comfort of their homes. Free access to Ancestry.com’s Library Edition during the pandemic has been a great perk, which will continue through at least December 2021. As vaccination […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The 2021 Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival

This month would have marked the 11th annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival … OK, maybe 10th, since last year’s event was canceled due to the raging worldwide pandemic. But since large gatherings still aren’t allowed as, despite having three COVID-19 vaccines approved for emergency use in the U.S. we haven’t hit herd immunity […]

FANTASTIC VOYAGE: The importance of looking to the past to shape the future

Nothing makes my eyes glaze over more than the words: “When I was young…” I dislike going on trips of nostalgia through rose-tinted glasses, mostly because it sounds like an accusation heaved at my generation. And not only that, but it’s often unfounded. According to Steven Pinker’s “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: K.T. Takahashi: Transnational Japanese American writer

During the last years of the 19th century, Kazutomo (aka Kadzu Tomo) Takahashi settled in Montreal, Quebec, where he operated a book and magazine store. Although Takahashi’s career in Montreal spanned barely a decade, during that time he managed to establish himself as a pathbreaking Japanese American writer and publicist. He published in mainstream publications […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Reuniting and continuing the fight

As we slowly come out from the pandemic lockdown, I’m sure that everybody is heaving a big sigh of relief and doing things that were forbidden for so long. And looking back at that period when one couldn’t travel, have gatherings or run around doing ordinary things, what could we do? Well, we learned to […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: As you understand death, you understand life

æ­» (Shi) means “death.” The left character represents a bone and the right represents a person who is buried beneath the ground. 知る (Shiru) means “knowledge.” The left side indicates an arrow and the right indicates a mouth. Together, a person can talk quickly and expertly when they have great knowledge. 生 (Sei) means “life.” […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Good enough to make you cry

If you chop or slice onions often enough, you’ll eventually get “immune” to the effects of syn-propanethial-S-oxide, which causes your lacrimal glands to produce tears to flush this irritant. Or maybe it’s simply because I tend to purchase local sweet onions, including Maui onions, which tend to be lower in sulfur (the “thiol” part of […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Your heart is just like a mirror. When you get angry, your mirror becomes cloudy

è…¹ (Hara) means “belly.” The left side represents a piece of meat and the right side represents our internal organs. ç«‹ (Tate) means “stand.” This word represents a person standing. 心 (Kokoro) means “heart.” This word represents the human heart. 鏡 (Kagami) means “mirror.” The left side indicates gold found in a mountain quarry and […]

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