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Carrying the Torch: Wayne Collins Jr. on His Father’s Defense of the Renunciants

Sharon Yamato

The inscription on the front page of Michi Nishiura Weglyn’s landmark book, Years of Infamy: The Untold Story of America’s Concentration Camps, reads: “Dedicated to Wayne M. Collins Who Did More to Correct a Democracy’s Mistake Than Any Other One Person.” At a time when people barely ...

Nikkei Chronicles #3: Nikkei Names: Taro, John, Juan, João?

Meu nome é Tomeno

Rosa Tomeno Takada

Tomeno é o meu nome japonês. Nome incomum. Encontrei outro igual uma única vez na vida, há muito tempo, na página de jornal que noticiava o falecimento de uma idosa.

Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest

Yuriko & Carlos

Rubén “Funkahuatl” Guevara

Little Tokyo, 1941 

As I walked toward Little Tokyo over the First Street Bridge from Boyle Heights, I felt the bracing power of the fiery sunset embrace me with more love than my own family gave me. The sky and the air filled me with hope, filled me with big ...

My Name is Neal

Journal Entry #Née Kitty White, 1974: "Kitty Comments..."

Neal Yamamoto

A weekly visual journal/cartoon about an easily-annoyed fourth generation American of Japanese descent. This week, Hello Kitty birthday wishes…

TV With Grandpa

Henrique Minatogawa

My maternal grandfather was born in Japan, in Nagasaki prefecture. In Brazil, he lived in the countryside, very far away from my home in Sao Paulo.


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