Origami, the Kanrin Maru, and a new documentary

Former Black Panther Richard Aoki, "the toughest Oriental of West Oakland," is the subject of a new documentary. The exhibition “Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids” opens at the Japanese American National Musuem tomorrow. San Francisco celebrates...

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...

Tadashi Nakamura on PBS

If you are a subscriber of the Herald you probably know about the work of filmmaker Tadashi Nakamura, director of the documentaries Pilgrimage and A Song For Ourselves. Both those films graced our covers...

Thursday mini-bullets

A festival brings lessons Japanese culture to Missouri Botanical Gardens. An interview with the Harajuku Girls. Proof that protest works. Paramount apologies for a racist slur in The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard. The Wall Street Journal:...

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...

Robot girlfriend, new Japanese cinema and American Astro Boy

Remember when everyone used to joke about having a robot girlfriend way, way, wayyyy into the future? Well, thanks to Sega Toys, the same company which brought us the popular Playstation 3 console, that...

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...

Goodness gracious, great c-notes of fire!

Anyone who has ever taken piano lessons as a child has probably toyed with the idea of smashing the piano in frustration, or maybe even burning it. Well, 66-year-old Japanese pianist Yosuke Yamashita did...

Ann Curry discovers her roots

Ann Curry, the first female reporter at Oregon's CBS affiliate, and currently a news anchor on the Today Show, recently went back to Japan to discover her roots. Curry, who Japanese on her mother's...

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