Darryl Mori

Darryl Mori es un escritor residente en Los Angeles, especializado en artes y en el sector de organizaciones no lucrativas. Ha escrito extensamente para la Universidad de California en Los Angeles y para el Museo Nacional Japonés Americano.

Última actualización noviembre de 2011 

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Paul Dateh: Hip Hop Virtuoso

On his first day at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, Paul Dateh—who had been studying classical violin since the age of four—abruptly dropped his major in Violin Performance.

He enrolled in the Jazz Studies program instead. The change to studying more contemporary forms of music stunned former classmates, friends, and teachers, who seemed convinced that Dateh was throwing away a promising future as a musician.

But in the past couple of years, many people have been thinking that Dateh made the right choice.

Just how many people? Try 3.3 million—and counting ...

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A Jockey's Tale: Uncovering the Story of Kokomo Joe

“What initially catches my interest in any story is the story itself—its characters, its setting, its suspense and drama, its connection to events that are much larger than the story,” says author John Christgau.

“But the role of the pioneer in sports history—his creativity and determination—is one of the consistent elements in the stories I have chosen to tell.”

In his critically praised new non-fiction book, Kokomo Joe: The Story of the First Japanese American Jockey in the United States , Christgau chronicles the life of Yoshio “Kokomo Joe” Kobuki. Against considerable odds, Kobuki rose from stable boy ...

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Secret Asian Man: Breaking Barriers with a Comic Strip

Tak Toyoshima’s Asian American-themed comic strip, Secret Asian Man, is now nationally syndicated in major newspapers across the United States.

But even with daily, widespread circulation of his strips, which often touch on topics of race relations and diversity, Toyoshima says that there’s a lot about Asian Americans that the general public is still not seeing.

“The emasculated Asian male stereotype bothers me a lot,” says Toyoshima. “Not only because it implies Asian guys are not attractive but because it implies we are not capable of anything heroic. Superman is masculine and heroic. Denzel Washington is masculine and ...

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Faces of a Generation: Brian Y. Sato on Photographing the Nisei in Hawai'i

Many of the most compelling photographs in Brian Y. Sato's collection of portraits were almost never taken.

His subjects were the Nisei -- second-generation Japanese Americans, in Hawai'i. The majority were in their eighties. And more than a few of them did not want to be photographed.

"On many occasions I got the facetious remark, 'I going broke da camera if you take my pikcha,'" Sato recalls.

"At times, they might have said that because they were actually flattered that someone wanted to photograph them, and made the statement to sort of camouflage that flattery," says Sato. "But on ...

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'The Cats of Mirikitani' — Film Review

Curiosity may have killed the cat. But in the case of The Cats of Mirikitani, a 2006 documentary gem just recently released on DVD, the combination of curiosity and cats results in a beautiful, moving tale of redemption.

In early 2001, New York filmmaker Linda Hattendorf is intrigued by the elderly Asian homeless man in her neighborhood who draws colorful crayon and ink images of cats. Eighty-year-old Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani seems an artist of professional caliber—and unabashedly refers to himself as Grand Master Artist. He lives on the streets in extreme poverty, yet will not accept money for anything ...

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