THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The grain that binds us

What is the one constant not just during Oshogatsu but throughout the whole year? It’s not toshikoshi soba (buckwheat noodles), which is usually only consumed right before the turning of the new year. Sure, we may consume soba during the year, but not with any regularity. And it’s not lobster or shrimp that symbolizes a […]

C(API)TOL CORRESPONDENT: AAPIs are making it to the political playoffs, but can they win the championship?

Strong history-making electoral victories in recent months continue to show that Asian American and Pacific Islanders are not a fly-by-night phenomenon in the political arena. Last month, Manka Dhingra won a heavily-contested state Senate seat in Washington that flipped the chamber to Democratic control. In Virginia, Kathy Tran became the first Vietnamese American elected to […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Cinematic 20th century Nikkei

In recent times, diverse Japanese American directors have made their mark on the silver screen, including Cary Joji Fukunaga, Karyn Kusama, Gregg Araki, Lane Nishikawa, and Destin Daniel Cretton. While their productions have drawn from all sorts of material, some filmmakers have piloted Nikkei community stories. For example, Emiko Omori’s “Hot Summer Winds,” Desmond Nakano’s […]

Let’s talk … About sexual abuse #MeToo

There is a cultural sea change taking place as each day some powerful, “successful” person is being called out for sexually abusing younger, vulnerable victims. “Strength in numbers” has led former victims to find their voice to challenge their perpetrators and the power structures that have protected and ignored the victim’s past protests and accusations. […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Do something: A call to action from an 87-year-old activist 


What a tumultuous year we have had. First of all, Feb. 19 was the 75th anniversary of the passage of Executive Order 9066, signed by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1942, which set into motion the program of incarcerating close to 120,000 American Japanese in concentration camps. So this anniversary was observed in many ways. My […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Nothingness

無 (mu) means “nothingness.” The bottom four strokes indicate fire flames, the character in the middle indicates a house, and the top lines represent a new life emerging from the burning home. When the house burns down and becomes ashes, new life can grow from that. The kanji (mu) teaches us that although we may lose everything, […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The most wonderful time of the year

OK, maybe it’s not the most wonderful time of the year. It’s probably because Andy Williams always seemed so cheerful and merry that swayed us with the lyrics. Or maybe it’s because of all of those Hallmark series Christmas specials on the cable network. You know, there’s the one where the poor housekeeper meets the […]

Let’s talk … About secondary trauma

If you haven’t been following the news lately, you probably have smelled the smoke and noticed the ash dust on your car window. The catastrophic fires in California’s North Bay brought tragedy to our back door. We in the U.S. have recently experienced repeated natural and man-made disasters. If you were fortunate enough to not […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Get that protein glow

So you’ve finally decided to start (or restart) that intensive exercise regimen that your physician, significant other or buddies have been heckling you to implement. Perhaps it’s that 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity cardio on the stationary bike, rowing machine or simply brisk walking. Maybe it’s the twice weekly session with various resistance […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Cultural appropriation or food evolution?

There have been several publications highlighting the opinions of chefs in Hawai‘i regarding the popularity of a dish previously only known in the 50th: poké. Before I say anything else, let me get this off of my chest. It is pronounced poh-keh, which means to slice or cut. Poh-kee is Gumby’s orange buddy, which has […]

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