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Seeing “Snow Falling on Cedars” on Pearl Harbor Day underscored its message

Gil Asakawa

Many Japanese Americans who’ve grown up since World War II—myself included—dreaded December 7 every year. As kids (and sometimes as adults) we’ve been taunted with hateful calls to “Go home, Jap!,” “Go back where you came from!,” and the classic, “Remember Pearl Harbor!”

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Nagomi Visit introduces Japanese culture to visitors through home-cooked meals

Gil Asakawa

There’s no getting around it: one of the most reliable ways to generate international friendship and cultural understanding is through the stomach.

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The Ai Kuwabara Trio Project brought a delicious taste of Japanese jazz to Denver

Gil Asakawa

We recently were privileged to enjoy a concert of contemporary jazz by a vibrant young group from Japan, the Ai Kuwabara Trio Project. Simply put, the combo rocked the joint at the King Center for the Performing Arts at the Auraria campus. The auditorium was full for the free performance, …

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“Hawaii Five-0” airs powerful episode about Pearl Harbor & imprisonment of Japanese Americans during WWII

Gil Asakawa

We’re fans of the CBS series “Hawaii Five-0” for lots of reasons, including the fact that it’s a showcase for Asian and Pacific Islander actors such as Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, and the entertaining “bromance” relationship between Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danny “Danno” Williams (Scott Caan).

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Japanese Americans deserve some respect on Veterans Day

Gil Asakawa

At our local supermarket the weekend before Veterans Day, veterans were handing out little red poppies to pin on passersby’s lapels as tributes to generations of war dead (it’s a reference to John McCrae’s 1915 WWI poem, “In Flanders Fields”).

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“Voice” star Judith Hill’s cultural mashup combines African American & Japanese upbringing with artistic talent

Gil Asakawa

I was lucky enough to see Judith Hill perform in Los Angeles during the 2010 convention of the Asian American Journalists Association, when she played a set for opening night. Hill had a unique story as a performer: the daughter of an African American father and Japanese mother who are …

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Is it racist to want sushi chefs to be Japanese?

Gil Asakawa

Recently a Seattle sushi restaurant, Mashiko, posted an open letter on its website saying that people who criticize the restaurant for having non-Japanese employees sushi are bigots.

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Museums—Even Tiny Ones—Are Where Our Collective Culture is Stored

Gil Asakawa

I visited the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center in Portland, Oregon last week while on a business trip to the northwest, and I was struck at how important organizations like it, and the museum it operates are for our community.

Nikkei Chronicles #2—Nikkei+: Stories of Mixed Language, Traditions, Generations & Race

Karami: A new product that’s an old Japanese American twist on salsa

Gil Asakawa

Forget Pace Picante Sauce, which used to make a big deal of being made in San Antonio instead of phony salsas made in New York City. Forget San Antonio as well as New York City. Look no further than Pueblo and Boulder, Colorado.

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“The Red Kimono” captures the tragedy of internment, and the larger context of racial injustice

Gil Asakawa

For a long time, there were painfully few novels that were about the experience of Japanese Americans who were put into concentration camps during World War II. Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston which was published in 1973, stood alone, unless you counted the powerful …

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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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