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Conjuring Ghosts with Lois-Ann Yamanaka

Darryl Mori

In 1913 Hawai‘i, three young sisters suffering from tuberculosis are sent to an orphanage. Only one survives—and she finds herself haunted by the ghosts of her siblings.

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Gil Asakawa’s Guide to Japanese America

Darryl Mori

“Do you have to go benjo?” If you know what this phrase means, there’s a high probability that you’re Japanese American. And there’s also a high probability that you’ll love Gil Asakawa’s book, Being Japanese American.

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Allen Say: Music for Alice

Darryl Mori

“I heard about Alice from a great shiatsu master, a strapping man in his early forties, while he worked on me,” Allen Say recalls. “I had been coaching the shy man in the art of asking women for dates; when he finally did get a date, the woman turned out ...

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David Mura: Power, Passion & Poetry

Darryl Mori

David Mura’s sister once said to him, “You talk about things I would rather sweep under the rug.”

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The Rhythms of Life: Shasta Taiko

Darryl Mori

“This woman came up to me and said, ‘I don’t know why, but I just burst out crying when you were playing taiko,’” Jeanne Aiko Mercer says.

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Soulful Rock: The Music of Visiting Violette

Darryl Mori

Soulful. That’s the main word that Glenn Suravech uses when asked to describe the evocative sound of his band’s lead singer.“You can take a lot for granted,” the guitarist-composer says. “But as we’re finishing our second album I’m reminded about how fortunate we are to ...

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Dave Iwataki: Jazzing It Up

Darryl Mori

“Music is emotion,” says Dave Iwataki.“My strongest, early influence was Herbie Hancock,” the veteran arranger/composer/keyboardist notes. “I aspired to play, write and evolve like him. I felt he had the gift for putting true emotion into music.”

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June Kuramoto: Life and All That Jazz

Darryl Mori

“There are times I would doubt what I am doing, or if what I’m doing has any value,” June Kuramoto confides. “When I am recognized by the community, I feel so small compared to others who devote their lives to saving lives—firefighters, nurses, doctors, soldiers and those who ...

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Songs and Searching: The Music of Kiyoshi Graves

Darryl Mori

Beside the blue waters of a Los Angeles reservoir, Kiyoshi Graves found a long-hidden path.It may be years before he learns where it leads. But following it has changed his life.

Paul Dateh: Hip Hop Virtuoso

Darryl Mori

On his first day at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, Paul Dateh—who had been studying classical violin since the age of four—abruptly dropped his major in Violin Performance.

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DMo is a writer based in Los Angeles, specializing in the arts and the nonprofit sector. A Sansei and a native of Southern California, he has written for UCLA and the Japanese American National Museum, where he serves as a volunteer. He currently works in fundraising and external relations for Art Center College of Design.

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