Stubborn Twig and Billy Bat

A photograph exhibit featuring the works of Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange at the University of Utah centers on Japanese American internment. Japanese American triplets are part of a renewed focus on the fertility industry. An...
Photo of the students visiting with Bishop Shugen Komagata of the Soto Mission of Hawaii at the main temple in Nu‘uanu

Community – A Whole New World

Soto Mission of Hawaii Hosts Ministers’ Children from Japan Jodie Chiemi Ching Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Hawai‘i’s Japanese American community has come a long way since 1903 when Soto Zen priests first arrived in the Islands to provide spiritual support to the immigrants working under harsh conditions on the sugar plantations. When World War....

The Education Center — “To Inform and Transform”

Cornerstone. Crowning piece. Heart and soul. For the better part of three decades, that is how many envisioned what is now the Education Center at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center on Maui. The Education Center opened...

Mr. Big, Afro Samurai and sheep

A list of nearly 6,000 Japanese military personnel who passed away in U.S. custody during WWII has been discovered. What's an Afro Samurai? The answer: an animated adventure that represents both U.S. and Japanese pop...

Kodomo no hi

Happy Children's Day everyone! Or, if you still call it Boy's Day, the same to you. Whatever name you call it, and whether you choose to fly carp or not, May 5th is a...

Marriages, Japantown, and a charter school

Livonia, Mich. is ready to open a Japanese American charter school in September. Asian Americans are enlisting in the U.S. army at a "remarkable rate." The Japanese government awards businessman Junki Yoshida with its Foreign Minister’s...

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...

Manzanar groundbreaking, Whisper House, and Reading the Walls

From the Great Kanto Earthquake to internment, 91-year-old Henry "Seisen" Mittwer, a Japanese-American Buddhist priest, author, ikebana and ceramic artist, reflects on life. A Japanese American tennis pro becomes part of Australian Open history. Over...

Graduation time for Japanese Americans – 66 years later

It's graduation time at the University of Washington and for several former students, this Sunday will be a very momentous occasion. A few months ago we told you that 440 AJAs who were removed from...

Japanese mushroom helps cancer, diabetes research

Professor Albert Heck from Utrecht University in the Netherlands has discovered that the enzyme from the Japanese mushroom Grifola frondosa can help the study of diseases such as cancer and diabetes. This article in Science...

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