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How a Japanese-American Owned Real Estate Firm Broke up Racist Covenants in Southern California - Part 2

Patricia Wakida

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How a Japanese-American Owned Real Estate Firm Broke up Racist Covenants in Southern California - Part 1

Patricia Wakida

Back in the mid-1940s, a Mrs. Lopez called up Kashu Realty in L.A.’s Crenshaw district and asked to speak with real estate agent Kazuo K. Inouye. Lopez lived on Rimpau Blvd in Mid-City and told Inouye that she wanted to sell her house, but insisted that she would only sell …

Erica Kaminishi: Presenting a Brazilian Nikkei Identity through Art - Part 2

Patricia Wakida

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Erica Kaminishi: Presenting a Brazilian Nikkei Identity through Art - Part 1

Patricia Wakida

Artist Erica Kaminishi, born and raised in Mato Gross, Brazil, is one of the hundreds of thousands of Nikkei Brazilian dekasegi who have migrated to Japan to work or study, a hundred years after their ancestors immigrated. Over a span of ten years, she worked, studied pottery, and attended a …

Albert Saijo: Karmic Heart

Patricia Wakida

When the phone rang unexpectedly early one morning in 2009, I couldn’t believe it, but it was Albert Saijo on the line, calling me from the rainforests of Hawai‘i. It seemed serendipitious. His book, Outspeaks: A Rhapsody, not only lay on the kitchen table, but I had engaged in conversation …

Gompers Saijo (1922-2003) - A Life Long Artist: from Art Students League Heart Mountain to the Shadow of Mt. Tamalpais

Patricia Wakida

It is no great surprise that Eric Saijo’s home is surrounded by a profusion of California native plants—ceanothus, manzanita, redbud—and the interior is richly punctuated with bronze bells and whimsical sculptures of turtles and owls.

Language and Silence—The Poetry of Asano Miyata Saijo (1891-1966)

Patricia Wakida

In July 1932, on the occasion of the Los Angeles Olympic Games, The Kashu Mainichi ran an article welcoming the Japanese athletes, written by an unlikely writer who called herself an “obasan farmer living in southern California.” The author was a remarkable Issei whose progressive, feminist perspective graced the pages …

The Ultimate Good: Grace Pastries

Patricia Wakida

“Weddings are the most superstitious of holidays. And the cake? Well it’s like any marriage, right? I won’t say the cake is human, but the cake is something special.”


Patricia Wakida

Before the advent of the offset printing process, The Rafu Shimpo handset every word, every comma, every dingbat and ornamental header, utilizing drawers of lead type. In the case of the Rafu, the metal kanji used to compose each page must have been imported from Japan and cost a fortune, …

Readings of Identity: Asian American Portraits of Encounter

Patricia Wakida

Renowned portrait artist Steve Pyke has said that he is interested in the story each face has to tell, the story that is etched into the landscape of our faces. In 2011 the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC debuted its first Asian American exhibition, Portraiture Now: Asian American …

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Patricia Wakida is a yonsei writer, artist and cultural worker. She was born the year of the dog in San Diego, California and raised between Honolulu, Hawaii and Fresno, California. Patricia has worked as an apprentice papermaker in Gifu, Japan and as an apprentice letterpress printer and hand bookbinder in California; she maintains her own linoleum block and letterpress business under the Wasabi Press imprint.

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