Life in the Tule Lake Stockade

TULE LAKE STOCKADE DIARY: NOVEMBER 13, 1943-FEBRUARY 14, 1944 By Tatsuo Ryusei Inouye (Los Angeles: Nancy Oda Publishing, 2020, 256 pp., $40, hard cover) There now exists a richly diverse number of publications devoted to the World War II concentration camp for Japanese Americans generically called Tule Lake. This penal facility was initially known as […]

Shining inspirations

I Am Able to Shine By Korey Watari, illustrated by Mike Wu (Two Lions, 2022, 40 pp., $10.29, hard cover) This book was written about a Japanese American girl named Keiko who is very self-confident. She is determined to shine. “Her generous heart fills her with strength and purpose.” Her mother inspires her and Keiko […]

Watsonville’s ‘gentle giant’ Mas Hashimoto passes

Masaru “Mas” Hashimoto passed away at the age of 86 on June 20, 2022 with his wife Marcia Hashimoto at his side. According to his obituary published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel and written by Marcia Hashimoto, Hashimoto passed away due to a complication from pulmonary fibrosis, which he was diagnosed with in 2019. Hashimoto, […]

A celebration of community, multiculturalism through cuisine

Dumplings for Lili By Melissa Iwai (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2021, 48 pp., $17.95, hard cover) “Dumplings for Lili” is a heartwarming intergenerational story of heritage, culture and food. Lili is thrilled when her Nai Nai asks her to help make bao. The “bundles of warm, doughy, juicy yumminess” are Lili’s favorite food. […]

$30M to be distributed to organizations fighting AAPI hate

Assemblymember Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, and others active in addressing hate against the Asian and Pacific Islander community on July 6 celebrated a victory after $30.3 million was approved for distribution by the California Department of Social Services to local nonprofits. The money, to be distributed in grants to organizations that are providing services to […]

Results of a community dialog about a Japanese American artifact

On a scenic knoll in Gold Hill about 50 miles east of Sacramento lies the singular grave of Okei, the first Japanese woman and immigrant buried on American soil. After her untimely death in 1871, one or more of Okei’s fellow colonists procured her stately gravestone that has withstood the elements for over 120 years. […]

On cultivating an aesthetic

SIMPLICITY AT HOME: JAPANESE RITUALS, RECIPES AND ARRANGEMENTS FOR THOUGHTFUL LIVING By Yumiko Sekine and Jenny Wapner Photography by Nao Shimizu. (San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2021, 224 pp., $27.50, hard cover) Yumiko Sekine shares a distinct aesthetic that blends Japanese simplicity with western influences and touches. While the book has recipes, it is best read […]

Bedtime hijinks

I Can Be Anything Written and illustrated by Shinsuke Yoshitake (San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2020, 56 pp., $15.99, hard cover) The first thing that appealed to me about this book was the cute daughter and mother family. The main character is a little girl, Natsumi, who spends every day playing with her mother. Not wanting […]

Second generation owner of Santo Market passes

Earl Shizuo Santo, former owner of Santo Market, passed away June 24, 2022. He was 91. Santo was born March 1, 1931 in San Jose. In 1942, at the age of 11, Santo, along with his family, was forcibly removed from their home and sent to the Heart Mountain, Wyo. concentration camp. According to the […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Recounting ‘Sushi and Sourdough’ author and WWII vet Tooru Kanazawa’s life

Tooru Kanazawa, an early Nisei writer and journalist, distinguished himself as a community activist and soldier during World War II. At the end of his long life, he achieved widespread attention in literary circles with the publication of his autobiographical novel “Sushi and Sourdough.” Tooru Joe Kanazawa was born Nov. 12, 1906 in Spokane, Wash., […]

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