Silicon Valley mother-daughter duo committed to public service

It started with stuffing campaign envelopes together as a family. Decades later, mother Rosemary Kamei and daughter Ellen Kamei are both serving in local government. Rosemary, a likely pick for San Jose vice mayor, won the District 1 seat for City Council last June. District 1 is based in West San Jose and includes the […]

Nabeyaki Udon 鍋焼きうどん

Fight the cold days with this steamy nabeyaki udon served in a donabe. Topped with chicken, tenpura and heaps of vegetables in an umami dashi soup, this hot noodle soup will be your favorite kind of winter comfort food. Nabeyaki udon (鍋焼きうどん) is a hot udon noodle soup traditionally served in individual donabe (earthenware pot) […]

S.F. J-Town security guard murdered

A community mourns Gavin Aaron Boston, a 40-year-old security guard shot dead Jan. 4 outside the Kinokuniya Building under the Webster Street Bridge in San Francisco’s Japantown. The murder has shaken the local community despite the prompt arrest of two minors in relation to the slaying. Boston, who had started working in Japantown last November, […]

Kwan proudly represents his Japanese heritage … just not in the World Baseball Classic

Steven Kwan exploded onto the Major League Baseball landscape last April, sparking national headlines in his dazzling debut with the Cleveland Guardians. In a feat accomplished by no other player since 1901, he reached base 15 times in his first four games, good for a scorching .692 batting average. Striding toward pitchers from the lefty […]

Shintaro Fujinami ready to get started in majors with A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. — In beautifully spoken English, Shintaro Fujinami formally introduced himself then asked that everyone simply call him “Fuji.” “Like Mt. Fuji,” he explained. And, nope, he’s never been. In Japan, he is more formal, going by Shintaro, but he figures this will make it easy on everybody as he embarks on his U.S. […]

Breakthrough: Stephanie Hsu, now everywhere

NEW YORK — Dressed as Elvis and nonchalantly walking a pig on a leash, Stephanie Hsu made a memorable big screen impression last year. Hsu actually had two roles in “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” playing both a sullen teen and an intergalactic supervillain for a film that can best be called a fantastical science […]

Yeoh, Quan win Golden Globes

The Golden Globes returned to the air Jan. 10 with a red carpet flush with celebrities, comedian Jerrod Carmichael as a hesitant emcee and top awards for Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” and Martin McDonagh’s “The Banshees of Inisherin,” as the beleaguered award show sought to rekindle its pre-pandemic and pre-scandal glamour. On a soggy night […]

Matcha Gateau au Chocolat 抹茶ガトーショコラ

This is a Japanese rendition of the classic French chocolate cake! Made with white chocolate and green tea, this Matcha Gateau au Chocolat is rich, moist and intensely flavorful. Warm it up slightly before you enjoy it — the melty texture is to die for! Are you a big fan of matcha desserts? If yes, […]

Who are we?

WE ARE HERE: 30 INSPIRING ASIAN AMERICANS AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS WHO HAVE SHAPED THE UNITED STATES By Naomi Hirahara, illustrated by Illianette Ferandez (New York: Running Press Kids, 2022, 128 pp., $17.99, hardcover) People from Asia and the Pacific arrive on these shores and imagine their lineage still linked to their country of origin. They […]

How and why to cook with a wok

THE WOK, RECIPES AND TECHNIQUES By J. Kenji López-Alt (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2022, 666 pp., $49.50, hardcover) If you have a more-than-casual interest in cooking, or look for recipes with search engine phrases that begin with “the best recipe for,” or “the best way to,” chances are, you have come across […]

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