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Learning about Asian Americans through Pop Culture

Pop culture can be a mirror that reflects the issues and values of its time—for good and bad. For instance, Hollywood initially embraced Asians, and two of the early film era’s biggest stars were Los Angeles-born Chinese American Anna May Wong and Japanese-born Sessue Hayakawa.

Anna May Wong is now featured on a quarter; Sessue Hayakawa is probably best remembered today for The Bridge over the River Kwai.

But as the 20th century progressed, Hollywood began casting white actors with eyes taped back and “yellowface” makeup on their faces to play Asian roles. Some of our greatest actors, like …

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I’m so disappointed to see stereotyped snack packaging in my supermarket

Racial stereotypes used to be part of the American consumer landscape – everywhere you turned there was a depiction, playful caricature or a ghastly exaggerated image of a person of color on commercials and ads on television or publications, or on packaging on store shelves. But if nothing else, the recent years of anti-racism protests in the wake of the murders of George Floyd and the many Black men and women before him and since, has awakened mainstream Americans and the media and institutions that serve them and let them know in no uncertain terms that racial images are no …

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Tokyo’s Second Olympics Will Be Forever Remembered for Its Unique Circumstances

As I write this, the “2020” Tokyo Olympic Games are just two weeks away. It’s the second time the summer games have been held in Japan. I was a kid living in Japan when Tokyo hosted its first Olympics, from October 10-24, 1964.

It was a big deal for all Japanese, and for me and my family—a Hawaii-born Nisei dad working for the US Army, my Issei mom from Hokkaido and my older brother and me (a younger brother would be born Oct. 29, less than a week after the games’ closing). I was six years old, and aware that …

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On writing about the JA community

I started my writing career as a music critic and became a journalist with jobs at various mainstream media newspapers and later, websites, and wasn’t much concerned with covering the Japanese, Japanese American, or Asian American Pacific Islander communities or issues.

I became curious about my roots when my father was diagnosed with lung cancer in the early ’90s, but it wasn’t until a few years later before I started writing about being Japanese American. I met my wife, who is Sansei, in the late ’90s and one of the first things she said to me was that I’m a …

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イスラム教系コミュニティとの橋渡し

昨年末、エリンと私はニューヨークを訪れ、ジョージ・タケイ主演のブロードウェイミュージカル、『アリージェンス』を見る機会に恵まれた。第二次世界大戦中の日系アメリカ人の強制収容を描いた物語で、日系人が当時から何世代にも渡って経験してきた精神的苦痛が、鮮明かつパワフルに再現されている。私は、全米退職者協会(AARP)のアジア系・太平洋諸島系アメリカ人コミュニティに向けてミュージカルの感想を書き、ジョージ・タケイ等にインタビューを行った(英語のみ)

パリの事件は、ミュージカルの2日後、私たちがまだニューヨークに居た時に起きた。その翌日にはロウアー・マンハッタンの9.11記念博物館を訪れることにしていた。『アリージェンス』が7…

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