Asian American trailblazers

More Awesome Asian Americans: 20 Citizens who Energized America Written by Phil Amara and Oliver Chin, and illustrated by Juan Calle. (San Francisco: Immedium, 2022, 132 pp., $17.95, paperback). Reading ages 5-14 years  “In 2050 minorities will become the majority in America.” But we still have a long way to go. Here’s a book describing […]

On LA agriculture’s ‘unique triracial hierarchy’

Transborder Los Angeles: An Unknown Transpacific History of Japanese-Mexican Relations By Yu Tokunaga (Oakland, Calif.: University of California Press, 2022, 274 pp., $29.95, paperback) In this work, adapted from a doctoral thesis produced at the University of Southern California, author Yu Tokunaga explores the relations between transnational Japanese and Mexican communities in the Los Angeles […]

‘A heuristic model’ for historians to emulate with other camps

JAPANESE AMERICANS AT HEART MOUNTAIN: Networks, Power, and Everyday Life By Saara Kekki (Norman, Okla.: University of Oklahoma Press, 2022, 246 pp., $39.95, hardcover) Having read in Saara Kekki’s Acknowledgements within the book under review that its contents had been favorably vetted by three historians of the Japanese American World War II experience that I […]

Roger Daniels, historian of the Nikkei experience, dies

Historian Roger Daniels, whose early works documented and gave a respected voice to the Japanese American incarceration experience, died Dec. 9, 2022 in Bellevue, Wash., sources said, a week after celebrating his 95th birthday. Among Daniels’ iconic works was the groundbreaking “Concentration Camps USA: Japanese Americans and World War II,” which was published in 1972. […]

Margueritte Aozasa makes history in UCLA Women’s soccer’s championship victory

For Margueritte Aozasa, the victory was “quite a comeback story.” On Dec. 5, Aozasa made history, becoming the first rookie head coach in NCAA women’s soccer history and the second Asian American head coach to win the national championship, according to an article from the UCLA Athletics department, as her University of California, Los Angeles […]

A tour of San Jose’s Japantown

San Jose Japantown community member Jim Nagareda, a former Japanese American Museum of San Jose executive director, took people on a tour of San Jose’s Japantown in a video edited by J-Town Community TV for the San Jose Betsuin Buddhist Church. They explored the different businesses and places that make up the ethnic enclave, which […]

U.S. Medal of Honor recipient Hiroshi Miyamura dies at 97

PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) — Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura, the son of Japanese immigrants who was awarded the U.S. Medal of Honor for holding off an attack to allow an American squad to withdraw during the Korean War, has died. The Congressional Medal of Honor Society announced that Miyamura died Nov. 29, 2022 at his home in […]

Chikuzenni (nishime) – simmered chicken and vegetables 筑前煮

Chikuzenni (筑前煮) or nishime (煮しめ) is a classic Japanese dish often served on New Year’s Day. This dish is made of root vegetables and chicken that are simmered in dashi, soy sauce and mirin. My mom used to make it quite regularly because it was my family’s favorite type of simmered dish. This is also […]

Santa Clara University point guard Ashley Hiraki, a hometown hoops hero

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Ashley Hiraki began playing in the Japanese American basketball leagues in the first grade for the San Jose Community Youth Service, and later, in the fifth grade, for the San Jose Ninjas. Now, the Santa Clara Broncos junior guard said her JA basketball experiences have helped her become a more well-rounded […]

Repurposing with a purpose: Turning old jeans into accessories

Amy Sueyoshi began sewing again in November 2021. The San Francisco State University provost and vice president of Academic Affairs first started hand sewing at 7-years-old, but she stopped because her mother was too “critical” of her at one time. Between starting to sew again during the coronavirus pandemic and watching Justin Mensinger, a designer […]

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