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....

Can you survive a Japanese game show?

First there was "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" then there was "Deal of No Deal," and coming June 24 on ABC, there's “I Survived A Japanese Game Show.” According to this New York Times...

The Legend of Long Duk Dong

In the 1980s you would be hard-pressed to find somebody who did not watch the movie Sixteen Candles. It starred Molly Ringwald, one of the biggest teen stars of the decade, and was written...

Only the Brave at the Hawaii Theatre!

Last week the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii hosted a DVD Release Screening of the 2005 film Only the Brave, starring Lane Nishikawa, Jason Scott Lee and the late Pat Morita at the Hawaii...

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...

German-Japanese film drawing rave reviews

Here's an interesting story coming out of Berlin. "Cherry Blossoms," a German-produced Japanese filmed is competing for one of the top film festival prizes in Europe. The touching drama focuses on a widower who begins...

Oregon AJA shows students the sounds of Hawai`i

Here's a neat story by the Register-Guard's Mark Brown about a Japanese American musician - 52-year-old Los Angeles transplant Maggie Matoba - who is bringing a little bit of Hawai`i to one lucky Oregon...

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...

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,...

What happens in Japan stays in Japan. Or does it?

If you've ever seen the movie "Lost in Translation" starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johannson you can picture the image: a famous actor pitching a product to a Japanese camera crew. For many years,...

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