San Jose State gymnast going to Nationals

San Jose State University women’s gymnast Katie Valleau will compete in the 2011 National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships, which will be held April 15-17, in Cleveland, Ohio. Valleau scored a career-best 9.900 to tie three other gymnasts for first place at the NCAA Corvallis Regional held April 2. In advancing to the championships, the gymnast, […]

Ways to help the survivors (a partial list)

  San Francisco Rainbow World Fund Saturday, April 9 to Thursday, April 14 The Rainbow World Fund (RWF) established the LGBT Japan Earthquake Fund and is launching a series of events to support relief efforts for the survivors of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The RWF has designated April 9-14 as its […]

YONSEI RAPPERS ON A HIP-HOP JOURNEY: ScoJourners claim their history and connect across borders through rap

It’s not easy being independent these days. All the harder if you are a group of hip-hop artists committed to musical integrity in an era of the corporatized, cookie-cutter music. Even tougher when you are Asian Americans, meaning you don’t exactly fit the mold of the generic rapper. But galvanized by a love for the […]

Ways you can help survivors in Northern Japan (a partial list)

United States Bakesale for Japan Saturday, April 2 A number of professional and amateur bakers, cooks, artists, artisans, and musicians from around the nation, and in Toronto, will offer their Bakesale for Japan event, featuring baked goods by professional and amateur bakers alike. The bake sale, which takes place Saturday, April 2, aims to raise […]

THE KAERU KID: N’awlins is alive and well

A recent visit to one of my favorite cities brought back some wonderful memories as well as a full tummy. With great pleasure, I report that New Orleans is alive and well and recovering nicely from Hurricane Katrina. The French Quarter and nearby environs don’t even appear to have been affected, since it was situated […]

JET teachers in Miyagi say they won’t leave

SENDAI, Japan — Many foreign teachers have decided to stay in Miyagi Prefecture, one of the areas worst hit by the catastrophic March 11 earthquake and tsunami, despite adversities wrought by the disaster and worried families back home urging their immediate return amid radiation fears. For some, a strong sense of attachment to their adopted […]

Letter from Fukushima: A Vietnamese Japanese police officer’s account

Editor’s note: This letter, written by a Vietnamese immigrant working in Fukushima as a policeman to a friend in Vietnam, has been circulating on Facebook among the Vietnamese diaspora. It is an extraordinary testimony to the strength and dignity of the Japanese spirit, and an interesting slice of life near the epicenter of Japan’s current […]

My Little Love of Ponies

I was born in the ’80s. I was brought up by the miracle of ’90s era-parenting: television. I was a fan of “Cow and Chicken“ and “The Rugrats;” I wanted to be a part of the “Round House“ and “All That“ casts; and, damn it, I really hated Barney, Barbies and My Little Pony because […]

Shaken, but always majestic

One of my regrets from the two years I lived in Japan was that I didn’t get outdoors enough. While teaching English on the JET Program, I stayed in a small city called Yuzawa, located in southernmost Akita Prefecture and nestled in a peaceful countryside of profound natural beauty. I’ve never lived in a place […]

Resources for locating people missing and staying updated on the situation in Northern Japan

In the midst of the aftermath of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that has devastated northern Japan, thousands of people are feared missing. Listed below are a number of resources to aid people in locating their loved ones who may have been displaced.   Bilingual Phone Services Little Tokyo Service Center: LTSC’s bilingual Social Services […]

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