Jamie Asaye FitzGerald

Jamie Asaye FitzGerald's poetry has appeared in Literary Mama, Media Cake, poeticdiversity, Snow Monkey, Speechless the Magazine, the anthologies Hunger and Thirst and Ariel XXII, and on public buses. She holds an MFA in poetry from San Diego State University. Originally from Hawaii, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter, where she works for Poets & Writers, the nation's largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers.

Updated October 2012
 

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Nikkei Chronicles #1: ITADAKIMASU! A Taste of Nikkei Culture

Loose Sushi

Standing in the kitchen grinding on bright yellow takuan straight out of the container takes me right back to my grandparents’ house in Palolo Valley, an older, predominantly Japanese-American neighborhood on the island of Oahu. Palolo was one of the few sections of Honolulu I knew of where there were “projects.” When the song “Electric Avenue” became a hit, we kids changed the lyrics to: “We gonna walk down to Palolo Avenue, and then we’ll take your tires.” It wasn’t unusual to see a car parked on the side of the road almost completely stripped.

Growing up in ...

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