ダリル・モリ

(Darryl Mori)

ダリル・モリは、芸術や非営利事業に関する執筆を専門とし、ロサンゼルスを拠点に活躍しています。三世、南カリフォルニア出身のモリ氏は、UCLAやボランティアをしている全米日系人博物館など幅広い分野へ寄稿しています。現在、アートセンター・カレッジ・オブ・デザインにて、ファンドレイジングや渉外関係に従事しています。

(2012年12月 更新) 

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Gil Asakawa’s Guide to Japanese America

“Do you have to go benjo?”

If you know what this phrase means, there’s a high probability that you’re Japanese American. And there’s also a high probability that you’ll love Gil Asakawa’s book, Being Japanese American.

But even if you don’t know that benjo means “bathroom,” you may still be entertained by this lighthearted view into the unique lingo, idiosyncrasies and nuances of Japanese American life.

“Stone Bridge Press initially approached me to write the book because they were interested in publishing a book about the Japanese American experience. And they were familiar with ...

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David Mura: Power, Passion & Poetry

David Mura’s sister once said to him, “You talk about things I would rather sweep under the rug.”

In much of his work, award-winning poet, creative nonfiction writer, critic, playwright and performance artist Mura (Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a SanseiAngels for the Burning) shares deeply personal experiences. Facing racism. Family conflicts. His self-image. Desire and relationships. Sexual awakening. But in publicly baring his soul, Mura also aims to reveal truths about Asian American men that too often remain hidden.

“If I shied away from the truth, I’d be running away from my task as a writer,” says ...

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June Kuramoto: Life and All That Jazz

“There are times I would doubt what I am doing, or if what I’m doing has any value,” June Kuramoto confides. “When I am recognized by the community, I feel so small compared to others who devote their lives to saving lives—firefighters, nurses, doctors, soldiers and those who commit to community services.”

“Then we get fan mail telling us our music has helped them get through a tough period of their life and actually has saved some lives.”

Throughout her remarkable 25-year career with the iconic jazz group Hiroshima, Kuramoto has affected many people through her work. She ...

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Soulful Rock: The Music of Visiting Violette

Soulful.

That’s the main word that Glenn Suravech uses when asked to describe the evocative sound of his band’s lead singer.

“You can take a lot for granted,” the guitarist-composer says. “But as we’re finishing our second album I’m reminded about how fortunate we are to have someone with such an incredible voice.”

The band benefiting from that voice is Visiting Violette, which Suravech founded with fellow guitarist Shin Kawasaki and vocalist-songwriter Lee Takasugi. Takasugi’s textured vocals have inspired comparisons to such luminaries as Natalie Merchant of 10,000 Maniacs and Martha Davis of The ...

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Conjuring Ghosts with Lois-Ann Yamanaka

In 1913 Hawai‘i, three young sisters suffering from tuberculosis are sent to an orphanage. Only one survives—and she finds herself haunted by the ghosts of her siblings.

In her novel Behold the Many, author Lois-Ann Yamanaka employs an evocative variety of character voices to convey a tale of remorse, abandonment, and family curses.

“I don’t know if this is so much a ghost story as a story with ghosts in it,” Yamanaka says. “There are many other threads in the novel and the story of the ghosts is one of these threads. It is truly a story ...

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