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HIFF – Global Positioning Shorts

“GUNKANJIMA: TRAVELER IN TIME” | Hawai‘i Premiere | Japan | No Dialogue | 7 min. Directed by Kiichiro Nakamura. A girl walks on the abandoned island with her camera. All the histories and old memories of...

Books, balloons, and newspapers

The fight to save Japanese American newspapers rages on. Got a hankering for some books? Try these Japanese American works. "Lost Battalion" and 442nd soldiers meet once again. A hibakusha, or atomic bomb survivor, speaks out at...

What’s new at Ellis Island?

Pop quiz: Which Japanese American players have played in the NBA. Click here to find out if you are correct. A Japanese American exhibit at Ellis Island gets commissioned. Celebrating Japanese American Baseball Heritage Night with...

A lost artifact, white on rice, and a happy reunion

What, exactly, does it mean to be a Japanese American woman? One organization tries to find out. Filmmaker Dave Boyle, whose last production, Big Dreams, Little Tokyo, was reviewed in the Sept. 5, 2008 issue...
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HIFF – Spotlight on Taiwan

“AFTER SPRING, THE TAMAKI FAMILY . . . (UMI NO KANATA)” | U.S. Premiere | Japan, Taiwan | Japanese and Taiwanese w/English subtitles | 96 min. Directed and edited by Huang Yin Yu. On a warm...

The unlikely rise of George Takei

Exploring the "effortless cool" of George Takei. A new exhibition in Virgina highlights the internment experience through arts and crafts. California's Haru Matsuri celebration turns 50. Good news for the soon-to-be-built Heart Mountain Interpretive Center. The Rafu Shimpo's...

Ramen Girl, Mochi making and The Karate Kid

Film star Jackie Chan may play the role made famous by Pat Morita in the upcoming remake of The Karate Kid. The Ramen Girl, starring Brittany Murphy, gets ready for its release. Mochi-making lives on in...
Kati Kuroda (far right) with the cast of playwright Lee Cataluna’s “Uncle’s Regularly Scheduled Garage Party is CANCELLED Tonight,” which Kumu Kahua Theatre staged last summer. (Photo by Denise De Guzman)

The Arts – Kati Kuroda’s Real Life Stage

Acting is Her Passion — Onstage and Off Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In the 1970s and ’80s there erupted a remarkable celebration of local culture and identity whose echoes are still being felt today. Some called it the “Hawaiian Renaissance,” but it went beyond any easy label and overflowed its boundaries constantly....
Photo of “My Korean Teacher” screens on Nov. 8 and 11.

HIFF – Spotlight on Japan

“OVER THE FENCE” | U.S. Premiere | Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 112 min. Written by Yasushi Sato and Ryo Takada. Directed by Nobuhiro Yamashita. From Yamashita (“Linda Linda Linda,” “La La La at Rock...

Showtime all over the world

Asian contemporary art is all the rage at Christie's, including the work of Japanese American Masami Teraoka. The Wall Street Journal reviews Yoko Kawaguchi's new book Butterfly's Sisters, which examines the Western portrayal of Japanese...

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