The beauty of Japanese maples

In Hawaii it is easy to take the warm weather for granted. It's a virtual constant that leaves us in the land of summer nearly the entire year. But all around the world, people...

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...

Things you should never say to Asian Americans

As we all know, there are many Asian American stereotypes that still exist in this modern age. It's an unfortunate legacy that dates back decades in America and, despite the fact that Asian Americans have...

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...

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...
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....

Fred Korematsu Day, Magic Valley, and 99 Years

Celebrating Fred Korematsu Day. Nearly a decade later, Japanese Americans continue to explore the parallels between the racial fallout from the 9/11 attacks and Executive Order 9066. Remembering the Japanese American experience in Magic Valley before...

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...

Lots of remembering

And . . . it's official. "Don't forget us" - Tacoma's Nisei WWII veterans. MFA student Kendra Arimoto has not forgotten about internment and is putting on a theater production on the subject. Speaking of honoring the...

Taratino, Matsui, and some robots

A sneak peak of director Quentin Taratino performing martial arts in a commercial for the Japan-based company Softbank. Robert Fitts, an author of several books on Japanese baseball, discusses New York Yankee slugger Hideki Matsui. University...

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