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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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What are words worth: Hapa, Hafu, or Mixed-Race?

Gil Asakawa

I’ve recently finished writing revisions for a new edition of my book, Being Japanese American: A JA Sourcebook for Nikkei, Hapa…& Their Friends, which will be published this June by Stone Bridge Press.

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“Fresh Off the Boat” could be the tipping point on TV for Asian Americans

Gil Asakawa

There’s a new ABC sitcom being aired starting in February that I can hardly wait to see. I’m hoping Fresh Off the Boat will finally be a show where I can see people like me acting the way my family acts, with funny American situations but filtered through an Asian …

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The Students Protesting For Their High School History Curriculum Are Fighting For JAs, Too

Gil Asakawa

I grew up as part of a generation that found our collective voice in protest, for African American civil rights, against the war in Vietnam, and to advocate for women’s and LGBT rights and Asian American studies.

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If You Have These Things You Must Be JA

Gil Asakawa

All the Japanese Americans I know have all sorts of ways to show their cultural roots. It may not be evident when you meet them, but the signs are there, in their homes.

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Growing Up with Stinky, Slimy, Altogether Wonderful Japanese Food

Gil Asakawa

I’m a foodie. Everyone knows this. I write about food, I take photos of food everywhere I dine, I love to cook, and I love food from everywhere. One of my personal rules has always been if someone, somewhere in the world eats it, I’m willing to try it…at least …

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Godzilla, the world’s most famous Japanese American

Gil Asakawa

Although Hollywood has been making monster movies since the original 1933 King Kong, the monster with the most staying power and screen incarnations didn’t come out of California, but from Tokyo.

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Why Asian Americans hate hearing “Where are you from?”

Gil Asakawa

This has been a good week for sometimes contentious but bracing conversations on Facebook. The latest one started when I posted a link to an excellent Forbes article by Ruchika Tulshyan titled “‘Where Are You From?’ And Other Big Networking Racial Faux Pas”

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When JAs say “camp” they’re not talking about summer camp

Gil Asakawa

It’s a rite of greeting among older Japanese Americans. I’ve seen it happen over and over—one JA is introduced to another, and if they’re old enough, the first question they ask of each other is, “what camp were you at?”

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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 blogs 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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