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How to Get Your Japanese Citizenship Back

Keiko K.

I grew up a dual national. I was born in Japan but my mother is an American citizen so she reported my birth abroad (see also: Wikipedia). The United States uses the jus sanguinis—meaning “right of blood”—principle to determine nationality so because my mother was a US citizen ...

Happy Anniversary to The Genki Spark!

Keiko K.


Monet’s La Japonaise Kimono Wednesdays at the MFA - Part 2

Keiko K.

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Monet’s La Japonaise Kimono Wednesdays at the MFA - Part 1

Keiko K.


2014 Sakura Matsuri @ Brookline High School

Keiko K.

Today [May 10, 2014] was the third annual Sakura Matsuri at Brookline High School. For the past two years, The Genki Spark and the Brookline High School Japanese Program have presented this small community-oriented matsuri at the high school. The first year it was two hours long. Last year Karen ...

Define American

Keiko K.

I've been meaning to write something to answer Define American's call for stories. In light of founder Jose Antonio Vargas's arrest yesterday (on July 15, 2414) I thought now would be a good time. Jose was detained by the US government when he tried to board a ...

Film: Documented

Keiko K.

So, I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I’ve paid virtually no attention to the immigration debate because I didn’t think it had anything to do with me. My mom’s parents emigrated from Okinawa to Hawaii before it was even a state, but they did so ...

It's National Coming Out Day! - October 11

Keiko K.

Since today (October 11, 2013) is National Coming Out Day, I thought I’d take a page from the MTPC “I Am” project and share with you that not only am I Japanese-Okinawan-American, a lover of noodles & sweets, an avid crafter, and obsessed with purple—I’m also bisexual.

Hawaii Five-0 recreates Honouliuli Internment Camp

Keiko K.

I’m catching up on Hawaii Five-0 and just watched James Saito’s masterful performance in Ho'onani Makuakane, where he plays a former internee of the Honouliuli Internment Camp. I was surprised to see that the show had decided to take on this topic for the 72nd anniversary of ...

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