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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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.

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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 …

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Stories from Little Tokyo: The Woman in the Picture

A chance encounter in the Japanese American National Museum’s store led to a surprising discovery.

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Penny Akemi Sakoda was visiting the Museum with relatives and friends, when her daughter noticed a picture on the cover of a music CD, Festival Time in Japan.

Astonished, Sakoda’s daughter turned to her and said, “Mom, this is you!”

The image was a photograph, taken 47 years earlier, when Sakoda was crowned as Los Angeles’ 1960 Nisei Week Queen.

Festival Time in Japan, an album featuring music from the 1950s and 1960s, was originally an LP record, Sakoda says. “I knew …

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Ronin Rabbit: Stan Sakai’s Amazing Usagi Yojimbo

"To make a living in any of the arts is difficult—whether it be acting, writing, painting, music, or, in my case, cartooning," says Stan Sakai, creator of the wildly popular Usagi Yojimbo comic book series. "Parents, of course, want the best for their children, and a traditional job is the safest way to earn a living. However, I really wanted to get into writing and drawing, and my parents supported my decision, but with reservations."

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"What really turned them around was my first booksigning in Hawaii," says Sakai. "My dad went over to the store, but it was so …

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On a Roll: The Global Business of Sushi

A piece of raw fish sitting on a small ball of rice.

At first glance, it seems an unlikely tool for understanding the complex dynamics of global economics.

But as author and journalist Sasha Issenberg discovered, a look at the business behind sushi reveals an intricate web of cultures, industries and money. Sushi, says Issenberg, provides a compelling view of how dramatically the world is changing.

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Issenberg’s new book, The Sushi Economy: Globalization and the Making of a Modern Delicacy, explores the world of sushi—and its reflections of the world at large. The author spent two years working …

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