Edward Iwata

Edward Iwata is an independent journalist, blogger, and author of The Billionaire's Gift: A Spiritual Business Parable and Fusion Entrepreneurs: Cross-Cultural Execs & Companies. Ed, who writes often on diversity topics, is a former business and general-news reporter for USA Today, the old San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle, and the Orange County Register. He also is former co-director of Stanford University’s Okada House, a residence hall that offers Asian American educational programs, and he is proud to have won a Rafu Shimpo short-story contest decades ago in high school.

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Summer Festivals and One Japanese American Family's Tale

Author’s note: Summer is festival time for Japanese Americans, who honor the memories of their ancestors with prayers and folk dances, with taiko drumming and rice dishes. I republish this blog post each year in honor of my late parents, grandparents and family spirits. It’s a reminder of what is most important in life, beyond the next quarterly earnings release.

WATCH VIDEO: The Nisei Week Festival 2010 in the "Little Tokyo"
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Hard to believe. But 75 years ago, my late mother and aunt as young teens performed Japanese dances on these same streets ...

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