Buying American, Japan bashing in the post-industrial

UPDATE: It appears I was mistaken, and this was all just a clever ruse. I rescind my offer and reactionary knee jerk reaction. What? Something wrong happened on the Internet? Well LOOK OUT BLOGOSPHERE BECAUSE I’M A SHARK AND I JUST CAUGHT THE SCENT OF BLOOD. No, I’m not talking about SOPA or PIPA, which are […]

THE KAERU KID: Go, going, Ghana

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part series. Where? The lure of a fantastic low airfare offer and a chance to stay with couch surfers to save on accommodation costs hooked me, a sucker to travel anywhere I have not been before. A relatively expensive visa was required, as well as a yellow […]

Lee promises to be mayor for the 100 percent

Ed Lee’s inauguration on the morning of Jan. 8 marked a historic moment for San Francisco, which now has its first-ever elected Chinese American mayor. But unlike when he was first appointed by outgoing Mayor Gavin Newsom, the ceremony saw an affable Lee downplaying his background in the Chinese community, instead emphasizing his role as […]

A ‘LABOR OF LOVE’: Farming exhibit in San Jose honors Issei legacy

SAN JOSE — The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) introduced its new agricultural exhibit, “Yesterday’s Farmer: Planting an American Dream,” on Dec. 10. With a focus on the Japanese immigrants who settled in Santa Clara Valley in the early part of the 20th century, the permanent exhibit features more than 100 types of […]

Gordon Hirabayashi, civil rights icon who resisted wartime incarceration, dies

Gordon Kiyoshi Hirabayashi, one of three wartime litigants who challenged wartime curfew or exclusion orders and whose legal convictions were vacated four decades later, died on Jan. 2, 2012 after a long bout with Alzheimer’s disease in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, his family said. He was 93. “Dad was slowly declining in health after living 10 […]

THE KAERU KID: Farewell, Bend

Bend, Ore. received its name when pioneers traveled to farmlands west of the Cascades. They forded the Deschutes River at the last hospitable place before reaching their destination and would call out “Farewell, Bend” and those that stayed here gave it the full plaintive call as its name, but when the application for a post […]

THE KAERU KID: Travel advice from the Kid for a Happy New Year

The Nichi Bei asked me to provide answers to many travel questions for a special New Year’s article. My number one advice is: GO NOW. Waiting until retirement may result in old age problems that discourage travel and result in you sitting in the rocking chair mumbling, “If only I had…” How to Book Deals: […]

Nisei Writers Explore the ‘Aftershock’ of War

MAKING HOME FROM WAR: Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement Edited by Brian Komei Dempster (Berkeley, Calif.: Heyday Books, 2010, 224 pp., $18.95, paperback) “Making Home From War” captures the “odyssey of Japanese American resettlement” through the stories of 13 writers exploring their personal and collective experiences returning and recreating home in the aftermath […]

Randy Hagihara, a journalist’s journalist

Buried in Asian American journalism lore is the untold story of the first English-language newspaper for Korean Americans and the vital role played by a young, fresh out-of-college Sansei journalist, Randy Hagihara. It was from these humble origins that a storied career came into bud. The time was the fall of 1979 and the place […]

How Allen Say found his way: His journey to becoming an artist

DRAWING FROM MEMORY By Allen Say (New York: Scholastic Press, 2011, 64 pp., $17.99, hardcover) Here is the personal story of acclaimed artist/storyteller Allen Say. In this memoir he tells us how he found his way to become an artist. He includes photos, sketches and drawings. Born in 1937 near a fishing village near Yokohama, […]

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