Eastern Perspective: From Buddhism to journalism and back to Buddhism, Higashi Honganji minister still ‘seeking truth’

Kenneth Tadao Yamada had been a student of Buddhism in the 1980s, until he found his calling in the world of journalism — another form of “truth-seeking,” as he says. A 1980 graduate of UC Berkeley, Yamada weaved through a successful 12-year reporting career that found him writing at some of the country’s most distinguished […]

Political Pioneer: The First Asian American Governor

NJAHS annual awards dinner keynote speaker Governor George Ariyoshi became the third governor of Hawai‘i in 1974, promoted from lieutenant governor after the sitting Governor John Burns had to step down due to illness. He became the first Asian American and Japanese American governor in America, and also the first Hawai‘i-born governor of the state. […]

Making a Little Green in the Clean Energy Economy

Megan Emiko Scott works in the Washington, D.C. office of Green For All, an environmental nonprofit based in Oakland, Calif. An Oakland native herself, the Yonsei grew up participating in activities with the Buddhist Church of Oakland and the Oakland-Fukuoka Sister City Association. After receiving her bachelor’s at NYU, she earned a master’s in public […]