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Traveling to Japan With a Loved One Who Has Dementia

Gil Asakawa

My mom has suffered from worsening dementia for years, and when my brothers and I saw increasing signs that she would no longer be able to live by herself, we moved her into a Memory Care Center nearby.

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When Family Caregiving Isn’t Enough for Your Parent

Gil Asakawa

My brother Glenn and I moved my mom from her house in Lafayette, Colorado, last month to live in a memory care facility nearby. She’s had dementia for a long time, and it’s gotten noticeably worse for the past couple of years. I’m still sorting through how ...

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Rock and Roll and Ramen: Lessons in Appropriation vs Appreciation

Gil Asakawa

My friends (and anyone who follows my social media “food porn” photos) know that I’m a snob about Japanese food. I have strong opinions on the best tonkatsu fried pork cutlets, real vs. fake sushi and Japanese restaurants staffed by non-Japanese who can’t pronounce menu items correctly. And ...

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A Salute to Our JA Veterans

Gil Asakawa

When the word “veterans” comes up in conversations within the Japanese American community, I suspect most of the time the image the word conjures is a picture of Nisei soldiers of the 100th Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team fighting during World War II.

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On writing about the JA community

Gil Asakawa

I started my writing career as a music critic and became a journalist with jobs at various mainstream media newspapers and later, websites, and wasn’t much concerned with covering the Japanese, Japanese American, or Asian American Pacific Islander communities or issues.

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The Little Exile is a terrific addition to the JA reading list

Gil Asakawa

The historical story of the Japanese American incarceration during World War II is still not well-known in mainstream American culture and literature. When it comes to books, there are only a handful of books that are based on Japanese Americans’ wartime experience. After the groundbreaking, angry No-No Boy by John ...

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The Legacy of the Sansei from a “Ni-hansei” perspective

Gil Asakawa

When I was a kid, I used to tell people who asked what generation I was, that I was “Ni-hansei,” or second-and-a-half. That’s because although my father was a Nisei born in Hawaii (technically a Kibei because his family moved to Japan in 1940 and he was stuck there ...

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NHK is Your Direct Line to Japanese News

Gil Asakawa

The recent 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima went by quietly on American news (in part because there’s just so much news to cover exploding out of our own White House). So on August 6, I turned to the one place I knew would give the commemoration of ...

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George Takei is the Energizer Bunny of the JA community

Gil Asakawa

Like many people, and especially many Japanese Americans, I’m a big fan of George Takei. I’ve followed his career since I first saw him in the role of Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu in the original 1960s television Star Trek series and as he reprised the character in subsequent Star ...

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Read Who, How and Why Japanese Settled in Colorado

Gil Asakawa

Most books about Japanese Americans focus on the West Coast because that’s where Japanese first arrived and settled on the US mainland.

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About

Gil Asakawa is a Sansei journalist, blogger, and online content and social media expert who lives in the Denver area with a Yonsei wife and two cats. He bogs about JA and Asian American topics at www.nikkeiview,com and he authored "Being Japanese American" in 2004.

Nikkei interests

  • family stories
  • festival/matsuri
  • Japanese/Nikkei food
  • Japantowns
  • taiko
  • pop culture

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