‘Fresh’ history of Hawai‘i’s Nikkei is somewhat lacking

FROM RACE TO ETHNICITY: INTERPRETING JAPANESE AMERICAN EXPERIENCES IN HAWAII By Jonathan Y. Okamura (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2014, 272 pp., $42, cloth) It is a somewhat curious fact that many of the people I have met on the mainland, Japanese Americans and others alike, seem rather uninformed about the Nikkei experience in Hawai‘i. (I […]

Asian Americans create resources to aid discussions on anti-black violence

Philando Divall Castile was shot and killed during a traffic stop July 6 by St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez in Falcon Heights, a suburb of Saint Paul, Minn. While Castile, an African American male, had been carrying a gun, he had reportedly told the police that he had a permit to carry it and […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Rooting for the Warriors (and thoughts on race)

So I’ve become a rabid Warriors fan in the last few years. I’m sure that there are mobs of others who have gotten interested in this team — not just in the Bay Area — but worldwide, because of their prowess and spectacular play. It seems to me that this year is special and we […]

An internal conversation on race

Allow me to first introduce myself. I have been educated in the psycho-analytic school of thought and a central feature of my education was to observe my internal psychological processes while I was working with someone receiving psychoanalytic psychotherapy, both as a method of gaining some information about what was going on with my clients […]

Five things you should know about Asian Americans

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. In honor of the occasion, here are five things that I think you should know about Asian Americans.* 1. We Don’t All Look Alike. In fact, most of us aren’t alike at all. When many non-Asians conjure a picture of “Asian American” in their minds, they see an East […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: The legacy of race in politics

As my readers already know, I have strong opinions on most things, and I try to be true to my feelings when writing this column. I’m giving you a bit of a warning on what I am going to say here, because it may offend and upset some folks. But, like I say, I’m an […]

A ‘Secret’ worthy of the Ghibli name

“The Secret World of Arrietty” (playing in theaters now, dubbed in English) is a new Studio Ghibli film, and neither Hayao Miyazaki nor Isao Takahata directed it. Animation fans know that this can be bad news; such Ghibli films have proved to be embarrassments to the esteemed studio. But fortunately that’s far from the case […]

AFFIRMATIVE (RE)ACTION: Cal’s pay-by-race bake sale gets yawn from Asian students

BERKELEY, Calif. — The debate over colorblind admissions policies in California’s four-year public colleges is heating up again. The passage of Prop. 209, the anti-affirmative action initiative passed by state voters in 1996, prohibited public institutions from considering race, sex or ethnicity. SB 185, one of hundreds of bills currently before Gov. Jerry Brown awaiting […]

‘Love in American Times’ a merger of hearts

Philip Kan Gotanda offers a modern look at the concept of matchmaking in his brilliant dark comedy, “Love in American Times,” which recently opened at the San Jose Repertory Theatre. Directed by Rick Lombardo, the play touches on issues of class and race in a highly entertaining manner. The story focuses on 70-year-old Jack Heller […]

Michael Jackson and the invisible line

It’s been about a year and a half since Michael Jackson’s death and a little longer since I wrote a column about it for the Nichi Bei Times. (I’m putting it at the end of this post for anyone interested). In a matter of hours, MJ went from being one of the media’s favorite punching […]

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