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....

Tiger, Ryu and Nonno

Japanese American groups Vs. Charles E. Grassley. Insight into the world of the Japanese American detective Tiger Woods gives some advice to Japan's golf phenom, Ryu Ishikawa. Nonno: Mixing Japanese and American fashion in Houston. Taking a closer...

Wednesday bullets

After several threats, a bomb goes off in a Toyota factory in Japan. Those eye-catching glasses that Sarah Palin is wearing? They're made by Japanese designer Kazuo Kawasaki. World Wrestling Entertainment signs a new star from...

Japanese whiskey ichiban

Move over Wild Turkey. Take a seat Jack Daniel's. There's a new whiskey in town (actually, two) and the name(s) might shock you. Whisky Magazine's famous World Whiskey Awards have named two Japanese whiskeys as...

Beetles and baseball and more

Japanese American veterans take a moment to remember those who served America. There's a rumor out that Ken Watanabe - who starred in The Last Samurai - will be directing a movie on the 442nd...

Monday bullets

Do you like the origins of words? Here's an interesting look into the relationship between Japanese and English. Junichi Tazawa, a talented 22-year-old Japanese pitcher, takes less money to join the Boston Red Sox. Bits of...

Go Speed Racer . . . Go!

Go Speed Racer! All the way to the movie theaters! If you haven't already heard, the new Speed Racer movie, starring Emile Hirsch as Speed, and directed by the Wachowski Brothers of Matrix fame, hits...

Japanese-Mexican-Uruguayan actress ready for stardom

Barbara Mori is ready to enter the Hollywood mainstream. The 30-year-old Japanese-Mexican-Uruguayan actress' new film "Ugly Me" is set to open in Los Angeles and Orange County theaters this Friday. Mori, whose father is Japanese-Uruguayan,...

Revenge of the Ninja, tea in Vermont, and an internment grant

Internment sites get some help from a National Park Service grant. Celebrating with a Japanese tea ceremony in Vermont. Barrett Rainey, a semi-retired journalist, remembers the internment years - and hopes to remind everyone that we...

Kurt Suzuki and Writing About Japan

Oakland A's catcher and Maui native Kurt Suzuki never forgets where he is from. Turn the volume on your computers up: Writing About Japan. A documentary about groundbreaking Japanese American actor Jack Soo premieres in Sacramento. Former...

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