21: racist or just entertainment?

Here's a common scenario: It's a Saturday night and you're at the movie theater, trying to decide which flick to see. You browse through the listings, look for something interesting and buy your ticket....

Dan the Automator and mochitsuki in Michigan

The Rafu Shimpo celebrates the performances of Asian and Asian American athletes in 2009. An alarming trend concerning Asian American students and suicide. If you happen to be in the Great Lakes State, you might want...

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...

Thursday bullets

In the midst of the harsh economy, Asian American non-profits may have it the worst. The San Francisco Chronicle spotlights Hawaii's Nisei veterans. Chronicling Japan's love affair with chysanthemums. Better yet than never: Hollywood's newfound respect for...
Jane Heit has a busy summer ahead, attending nearly all of the Big Island’s bon dances. She’s also squeezing in a quick trip to Japan in August to take in several summer festivals.

Lead Story – The Big Island Bon Dance Queen

Jane Heit and Tsukikage Odorikai are Helping to Re-energize Big Island Bon Dances Arnold Hiura Special to The Hawai‘i Herald A persistent rain dampened the start of the bon dance at the Honomu Henjoji temple on June 15 — and no amount of prayerful looks at the darkening sky would make it go away. Led....
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Okinawan Festival Food

SPECIAL ITEM:  ANDAGI ALA MODE Sold only during the Bon Dance – Saturday, Sept. 5 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Andagi booth. ALL-TIME FAVORITES! Pig’s Feet Soup: In Uchinaaguchi (Okinawan language), it’s called ashitibichi. Pig’s feet are...

Osamu Tezuka, “Father of Anime,” to be honored at film festival

If you are familiar with anime, there's a good chance you know the name Osamu Tezuka. If you aren't, well, you probably have no idea who that is. For those unfamiliar with the auteur, he...

Aloha Friday bullets

According to Norimitsu Onishi of The New York Times in this extensive article, Japan is taking a hard-hitting approach to expanding waistlines. Millions of people between the age 40 and 74 will have their...

Mariah Carey’s blooper in Japan

Ahh, throwing out the first pitch. It's a long-time tradition in baseball that dates back to President William Howard Taft in 1910. The ceremonial act has expanded beyond Presidents to celebrities and various persons...

Stories from WWII-era AJAs hit the Portland stage

Alton Takiyama-Chung, a former Honolulu resident who now lives in Portland, is bringing the story of the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team to the stage. The 49-year-old actor tells the Oregonian's...

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