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Amy Tan’s latest book offers a new way to think about life

In an era when we can easily distract ourselves with our phones, birding (AKA bird watching) has found a new flock of supporters as a popular hobby to disconnect us from our gadgets. During...

Chin Music Press releases reprint of Lawrence Matsuda’s ‘Fighting for America’

On Nov. 7, 2023, Chin Music Press will release its latest book, Fighting For America. The most recent edition in its series of graphic novels (We Hereby Refuse, Those Who Helped Us), Fighting for...

Reflecting on Gordon Hirabayashi’s contributions to Japanese Canadian redress

Many American civil rights heroes have left their impact on the world: Martin Luther King Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois, Malcolm X. One name worthy of inclusion on this list is Seattle’s own Gordon Hirabayashi. Americans...

A lost film? Remembering Bad Day at Black Rock

One would think that a film like Bad Day At Black Rock would be a household name. Directed by John Sturges (the same Sturges who directed The Magnificent Seven) and consisting of a star-studded...

“We Regret To Say” – The tenacity of Yoshiko Uchida

“We regret to say,” “After careful consideration,” “We are awfully sorry.” These phrases send shivers through the heart of an aspiring writer. Of course, rejection is a common part of life for a writer....

Kenneth Yasuda: The Nisei poet who foresaw the success of No-No Boy

Have you ever heard of the poet Kenneth (AKA Shoson) Yasuda? Chances are, you may not have. Yet he was influential in popularizing haiku in the United States, and remains one of the most...

Catching up with journalist and author Gene Oishi about “In Search of Hiroshi”, a...

An outstanding and innovative Nisei writer, Gene Oishi has movingly portrayed the trauma of the wartime incarceration of the Japanese American community. Born in 1933 in the small farming town of Guadalupe, California, Oishi grew...