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Peachy: Changing Season Captures the Passing of a Family Farm from One Generation to the Next

Gil Asakawa

You’d think after a lifetime of growing and harvesting peaches, you’d get sick of eating them. But the Masumoto family still loves peaches and serves them up every way imaginable. David “Mas” Masumoto, 62, the farmer who has nurtured his parents’ peach groves, says “Actually no. I love peaches, almost …

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Cross-cultured leader keeps Asahi Foods’ promise of perfect sushi fish

Gil Asakawa

It’s cold outside, but it’s colder in Asahi Foods’ refrigerated cutting room, where stacks of cardboard and styrofoam boxes filled with giant fish await. The fish cutter is in early on a Saturday, wearing a white lab coat and heavy rubber gloves, various razor-sharp knives at the ready.

Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Five Years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Gil Asakawa

I can still remember March 11, 2011, the night of the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami, which devastated a huge swath of northeast Japan, as if it were last week.

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Building bridges with the Muslim community

Gil Asakawa

Late last year, Erin and I were lucky enough to travel to New York City to see the Broadway musical Allegiance starring George Takei. It’s a story about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, and it vividly and powerfully brings to life the emotional toll of the …

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George Takei’s Allegiance Is A Timely Historical Musical For Today - Part 2

Gil Asakawa

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George Takei’s Allegiance Is a Timely Historical Musical For Today - Part 1

Gil Asakawa

After a November performance at the Longacre Theatre in New York’s fabled Broadway district, AARP members were invited for a “talkback” with George Takei and other cast members answering questions about their powerful musical, Allegiance. (NOTE: This post was originally uploaded to the AARP AAPI Community Facebook page.)

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RIP George “Joe” Sakato

Gil Asakawa

I was saddened to hear of the passing of George “Joe” Sakato, a Denver resident who was a World War II hero, a veteran of the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team/100th Battalion that fought in Europe during World War II. He was 94 years old. Adele Arakawa of 9News broadcast …

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Immigration, Refugees, and the Gift of Citizenship

Gil Asakawa

I was born in Japan, but because my father was born in Hawaii when it was a U.S. territory, I am an American citizen. I didn’t have to take a test, and recite an oath of allegiance. After my family moved to the States in 1966, I remember helping my …

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Real Ramen Is Finally Coming to Denver, and It’s About Time

Gil Asakawa


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Being JA v2.0 Is Here, And I’m So Glad To Be JA!

Gil Asakawa

During a recent trip to San Francisco to attend the annual conference of the Asian American Journalists Association, I squeezed in two readings from the new revised edition of my book, Being Japanese American. The two events reminded me why I wrote the book in the first place and why …

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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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