Groundbreaking biography of Nisei social justice advocate siblings

NISEI RADICALS: THE FEMINIST POETICS AND TRANSFORMATIVE MINISTRY OF MITSUYE YAMADA AND MICHAEL YASUTAKE By Diane C. Fujino (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2020, 272 pp., $29.95, paperback)  In “Nisei Radicals: The Feminist Poetics and Transformative Ministry of Mitsuye Yamada and Michael Yasutake” Diane Fujino has set herself the formidable task of writing a joint […]

Mazie Hirono’s journey from underdog to advocate for underserved populations

HEART OF FIRE: AN IMMIGRANT DAUGHTER’S STORY By Mazie K. Hirono (New York: Viking Books, 2021, 416 pp., $28, hardcover) Sen. Mazie K. Hirono is a badass.  Hirono vaulted to national consciousness when she became an outspoken critic of the Trump administration, which she deemed a threat to democracy. She challenged such policies as family separation of asylum-seeking immigrants, the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, among […]

Graphic novel documents acts of resistance

WE HEREBY REFUSE: JAPANESE AMERICAN RESISTANCE TO WARTIME INCARCERATION By Frank Abe and Tamiko Nimura, illustrated by Ross Ishikawa  and Matt Sasaki (Seattle: Chin Music Press/ Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience,  2021, 160 pp., $19.95, paperback) The graphic novel, “We Hereby Refuse: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration,” focuses on the real life experiences of Jim Akutsu, a Minidoka War Relocation Authority camp draft resister; Mitsuye Endo, a Topaz (Central Utah) WRA inmate who challenged the incarceration through a habeas corpus petition; and Hiroshi Kashiwagi, […]

Marin teen dies in Lake Tahoe boating incident

A 17-year-old Greenbrae, Calif. resident drowned after falling from a boat in Lake Tahoe, the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office said. The teen was identified as Myles Kawashima, who was entering his senior year at Redwood High School in Larkspur, Calif. The medical examiner determined the cause of death July 6, authorities said. The Washoe […]

Huston set on using Olympics to take skateboarding to next level

TOKYO — Nyjah Huston is the most recognizable face in the world of skateboarding, and the American wants to use his profile to broaden the sport’s audience when it debuts at the Tokyo Olympics. Huston, with four world championships and more than 10 X Games titles to his name, will appear in the men’s street […]

Morikawa wins British Open for 2nd major

SANDWICH, England — Collin Morikawa was making one of the most satisfying walks in golf, down the 18th fairway as a soon-to-be British Open champion, when he looked up at the huge grandstand surrounding the green. It was filled with spectators, who firstly were applauding and soon giving a standing ovation to a 24-year-old American […]

The Bay Area’s Japantowns adjust to the new normal

With California’s June 15 economic reopening, businesses across the San Francisco Bay Area have gained a new sense of normalcy. The recovery process has varied according to individual businesses, even among the region’s two Japantowns. A Mixed Bag of Results in San Francisco’s Japantown When Gov. Gavin Newsom announced bars could reopen May 6 with […]

Nembutsu: Roadtrip across America, pt. 2

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part series. Last September, Rev. Ken Yamada, the former minister of Berkeley Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple, and Rev. Jerry Hirano, minister of Salt Lake City Buddhist Temple, spent 36 days driving through the 48 contiguous states in an RV, racking up more than 13,000 miles. To view […]

Sata andagi (Okinawan doughnuts) サーターアンダギー

Make this deliciously sweet Okinawan treat called sata andagi with simple baking ingredients. It’s a type of deep fried doughnut popular in Okinawa, with the winning combination of a crispy and cakey texture! During our short stay in Okinawa, we had a few chances to enjoy different flavors of Okinawan doughnuts, sata andagi (サーターアンダギー). Not […]

Salt Lake City’s historic Japantown plans for facelift

After more than a decade of fighting for preservation and conducting a planning process during a global pandemic, Salt Lake City’s historic Japantown community has secured plans and a commitment from public officials to preserve its place in the city’s downtown. With the city’s approval this past April of the Japantown Design Strategy and Guidelines, […]

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