Rabbit Ramblings

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: The dilemma of defining and preserving a fragmented community

I took some time off to recharge my batteries, to use an old cliché, and now I’m back. In that interval, our nation has gone through such turbulence it is hard to think clearly about the state of politics, the economy, and the future. Well, daily life goes on and we all have to try […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Closely watched owls

I have been spending a little time each day looking in on a family of owls. An owlhouse was built in Southern California by an owl lover, and a pair of barn owls named Syd and Mel moved in. Some cameras have been attached so that the owls could be observed 24/7. Seven eggs were […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Kiyoshi Okamoto, an unsung hero of the camp resistance movement

It was a solemn and moving ceremony in a Buddhist church last month, the funeral for Frank Emi. At 94, his time had come, and so a steadfast American patriot was honored and put to rest at Evergreen Cemetery in Los Angeles. When the light that was Frank’s spirit — which had burned so steadily […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: The Japanese longevity letdown

Another year passes, and at this point, I wonder how many more years I have left. Sheer longevity seems like an absurd goal, and I am not interested in living to be 100. I’m told that natto and macha and seaweed will give me health and long life, but I am dubious about these claims, […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Interest in wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans continues

As time goes by, I am struck by the enduring interest in the WWII Japanese American concentration camp experience. I am still writing an occasional book review for an Asian American newspaper in Seattle, the International Examiner, and the books usually have some connection to the camps. For instance, the last two books I’ve been […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Less is More

One hardly expects wit from an economist, so it is really fun to read Nobel Prize-winning writer Paul Krugman’s articles and essays. He has so much to say about the current economy and current events, and his writing is so engaging that even dire news comes across as lively. The nonprofit Truthout published a recent […]

RABBIT RAMBLING: Save the turtles

I guess we can call this the summer of the great oil spill. Of course, it isn’t really a spill, but an accident of monumental import, because it is all man-caused and seemingly of a nature that humans can’t much control. It is really unbearable seeing pictures of the pelicans covered in oil, dying before […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Nikkei Women Honored by Japanese American Women Alumnae

It isn’t every organization that has a connection to a powerful and influential member in Congress, but the Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley (JAWAUCB), a club of the California Alumni Association, has just such a connection. Doris Matsui, representative for the 5th District in California, was honored as Outstanding Alumna of the Year […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Why Do Asian American Women Live Longer?

So, I’m browsing through a Time magazine (Feb. 22, 2010), and on the cover is the headline, “The Science of Living Longer.” The cover photo is of three persons who are related, a grandmother, a daughter and a granddaughter. They are very attractive, WASPish types with blondish hair and blue eyes, ages 7, 37 and […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Nichi Bei Helps Keep Community Connected

We’re heading into a brave new world where a mighty effort is being made to keep Asian American journalism alive. I refer to the valiant battle to keep the Nichi Bei Weekly in publication and reach out to our increasingly spread out and fragmented community. And yet, many, if not most of us, would very […]

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