THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The jack of all beans

When you think of legumes or the humble bean, which variety is the most versatile? Pinto beans can be cooked then consumed as is or mashed for the perfect refried bean. Kidney beans are a must in Hawai‘i-style chili and they can also be mashed for a delicious spread. Garbanzos or chickpeas can be consumed […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: On processing the Crystal City pilgrimage

I’ve been home for a while since the March 29 to April 1 Crystal City, Texas pilgrimage and demonstration at Dilley, the largest detention center for asylum seekers in the U.S. It is as though my head and my heart are so full of thoughts and feelings that I can’t “process” the experience with detachment. […]

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 […]

THROUGH YONSEI EYES: The virtue of goodbye

Late March and early April are times of great change within the Japanese school system. In March, the students have their graduation ceremonies. They are serious affairs filled with tears and stoicism. It’s difficult to move on from a middle school.

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 […]

FINDING YOUR NIKKEI ROOTS: Read all about it — Using newspapers to build your family tree

Newspapers allow us to see into the historical period in which our ancestors lived. Newspapers help us to understand the general information about a time and place, and they are chock-full of treasures pertaining to the lives of our ancestors. Often, we are able to glean specific details which cannot be found anyplace else: a baby who died; a winter storm on the day an ancestor arrived on Angel Island; the loss of a business after the 1906 earthquake; stories about family and friends; social events, weddings, and funerals; and the day-to-day lives and activities of our family members. FI

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