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Let’s catch a breath, then keep moving

Bob Shimabukuro was the editor of the IE. He set a tone, a mood, like all of us editors strive to do. Do your work, do it well, do it real. Fo’ real was...

Bob’s World: Mom, Jiichan and me

Mom: Why do you keep telling him all these things. He’s too little to understand. Dad: When he grow up, he understand. Mom and Jiisan When Mom reached retirement age, she decided to take a trip to...

Bob’s World #2: Okinawan American long- term care: Nesan + professionals

Tom (Chonin)  The scene in Arlington in August after I arrived at Tom Nisan’s house: Toki Nesan had given me instructions about how to help the home health care personnel without interfering with their protocols. Tuesday...

Bob’s World: Very early childhood development

Before I was born: Mid-1800s, Commodore Mathew Perry come to Edo Bay. Make demands. “We like use your bay fo’ trade and ship repair. Open up the Bay for us or we blow you up,”...

Fo’ real: Equity in action – Black Panthers and Ike Ikeda

"Bob, Ike Ikeda is getting an award today. Can you get down there and get a photo or two to put with a short article for our newsletter?" – Joyce Yoshikawa, Asian Counseling and...

Fo’ Real: Internalized Racial Oppression then and now, Part 1

Seattle, 1994 Alice: I think APAC (Asian Pacific AIDS Council) should go to this workshop we’re putting together. Bob: About what? A: Race. For people of color (POC) and those working in POC communities. B: Why? A: Because your group would...

Fo’ Real: Sunrise at Haleakala

The following is republished from the October 5, 1994 issue of the International Examiner. I was standing close to the summit of Haleakala crater on Maui, 45 minutes before sunrise. The fiery red streaks of...

Fo’ Real: Women in my life

Reading the following 23-year-old article from September 7, 1994, I had written for the International Examiner (sent to me by Fumiko Hayashida’s daughter Natalie) reminded me that I have been pushing for the caring,...

Fo’ Real: Watching Maleakahana Waves

The latest of 'Fo' Real,' a column by Bob Shimabukuro

Turtle Island: Letting go of a false narrative

Diversity is just a sideshow to not doing anything. We need to ensure that the non-majority white population accepts that power must be shared and the 500-year fake narrative/history of white supremacy be abolished.