Jodie Chiemi Ching

Jodie Ching is the editor of The Hawai‘i Herald: Hawai‘i's Japanese American Journal and is a member of Afuso Ryu Ongaku Kenkyu Choichi Kai and Tamagusuku Ryu Senju Kai. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Japanese from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and is a 1998 recipient of a scholarship sponsored by the Okinawan Prefectural Government for Okinawan descendants. Ching is also the author of IKIGAI: Life's Purpose (Brandylane Publishing, 2020), an Okinawan children's book under the pen name Chiemi Souen.

Updated November 2021

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The Legendary Waffle Dog and the Japanese American Family Behind It

What is a waffle dog? In Hawaii, this hand-food looks something like a long UFO—basically a hot dog encased in a waffle with delectable crispy corners. While it looks futuristic, it came to Hawaii in the late 1920s and is now considered a food legend. But for the Asato family, the waffle dog also symbolizes a legacy rooted in gambari (persistence), kökö (filial piety) and gisei (sacrifice). Waialua-born Nisei Agnes (Gusukuma) Asato and her husband, Jiro Asato (from Kita-Nakagusuku, Okinawa), featured the distinctive treat at their KC Drive Inn and other family restaurants fo…

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Kaua‘i-Grown Gambaru Girl

Hawaii News Now’s Anchor Ashley Nagaoka Embodies Perseverance, Grace and Humility Sophisticated and cheerful, Yonsei Ashley Toshiko Nagaoka — Emmy award-winning anchor of Hawaii News Now’s “First at 4” newscast at 4 p.m. and “This is Now” at noon on KHNL — is, at her core, a local girl with a huge heart proud to be from Kaua‘i. Just a few days after returning from a family visit on Kaua‘i, Nagaoka and I met for a Sunday morning Zoom chat. She began by talking about growing up in Kapa‘a — a place where she always felt sa…

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