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The Song Bird of Manzanar: Still Singing After All these Years

Soji Kashiwagi

How fitting that the woman known as “The Song Bird of Manzanar” had a bright yellow canary sitting in her Orange County apartment—singing, of course.

Letter to President Obama in support of his efforts to seek "peace and security"

Soji Kashiwagi

August 6, 2009The Honorable Barack ObamaPresident of the United StatesThe White House1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NWWashington, D.C.   20500

Words I Can Live By: Some Thoughts after the 2009 Tule Lake Pilgrimage

Soji Kashiwagi

If there’s one thing I’ve learned after 30 years of writing, it’s this:  Words matter.

Walking Tall in Japan - Sansei writer shares some thoughts and observations about his recent trip to Japan

Soji Kashiwagi

Walking Tall in JapanAt 6 feet 1 inches tall (185 cm in metric, the accepted system in Japan and the rest of the civilized world), I often felt like a bit of an oddity walking around the streets and country sides of Japan. Some people would look, others would stare ...

Ghost of Bruce Lee Appears in Dan Kwong’s “Be Like Water”

Soji Kashiwagi

Over 35 years ago, solo performance artist Dan Kwong remembers the moment martial arts legend Bruce Lee entered his life, and changed him forever.

Nihonmachi: The Place to Be

Soji Kashiwagi

If you grew up JA like me, you probably remember going to J-Town as a child. With your parents or Baachan by your side, you went there to buy some Japanese food, maybe had some chow mein and pakkai at the local “Chinameshi,” took in a Samurai movie at the ...

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Soji Kashiwagi is a Sansei playwright and Executive Producer of the Grateful Crane Ensemble in Los Angeles, California.

Nikkei interests

  • community history
  • family stories
  • Japanese/Nikkei food
  • Japantowns

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