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White Men In Kimonos Offend Philly's Theater Community

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 05.12.2014 | Arts

“The Tragedy Of Julius Caesar” was supposed to be set in an alternate version of ancient Rome, according to director Charles MacMahon, one which h...

These Haunting Photos Capture The Daily Reality Of A Dark Episode In U.S. History

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 04.22.2014 | Arts

In 1942, still reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government ordered thousands of Japanese Americans to leave their homes behind and ta...

Perseverance: An Evolution of Japanese Tattoos (NSFW)

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 05.13.2014 | Arts
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

As tattoos become more mainstream and acceptable in modern society, so does the importance to understand the rich tradition, training, craftsmanship, discipline, scholarship, and trajectory of the art form.

The Race to Save a Rare Slice of Japanese-American History

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 04.22.2014 | Travel
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Written by Lauren Walser Wintersburg Japanese Presbyterian Mission and manse (parsonage), with congregation, in March 1910 Six early-20th-century b...

Seeing Snow Falling on Cedars on Pearl Harbor Day Underscored Its Message

Gil Asakawa | Posted 02.11.2014 | Denver
Gil Asakawa

Many Japanese Americans who've grown up since World War II -- myself included -- dreaded December 7 every year. As kids (and sometimes as adults) we've been taunted with hateful calls to "Go home, Jap!," "Go back where you cam from!" and the classic, "Remember Pearl Harbor!"

This Veterans Day, Pearl Harbor Honors Japanese-American Soldiers

Civil Beat | Manjari Fergusson | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics

The USS Missouri Memorial Association’s annual Veterans Day sunset ceremony at Pearl Harbor will honor the 70th anniversary of the Nisei Veterans of...

Why a Gay Asian Immigrant Marches

Erwin de Leon | Posted 10.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Erwin de Leon

Today, the AAPI and LGBT communities are visible, marching alongside African American and Latino communities, in the continued struggle for equality and opportunity.

What I Learned From My Elders

Brenda Peterson | Posted 09.16.2013 | Fifty
Brenda Peterson

All my life, I've instinctively sought out elders. I longed for their patient, thoughtful scrutiny -- to be truly seen by someone who is wise. Someone who is critically detached, perceptive and yet very fond.

First Person: A Japanese Dinner with Raul Castro's Daughter

Jim Luce | Posted 07.27.2013 | World
Jim Luce

Taking my shoes off in the private alcove of the exclusive Japanese dining room, I open the shoji screen to reveal a beautiful 12-tatami mat room comp...

Why We Must Remember Rohwer

George Takei | Posted 06.22.2013 | Impact
George Takei

I was just five years old, and would spend much of my childhood behind barbed wire in that camp and, later, another in California called Tule Lake. One hundred twenty thousand other Japanese Americans from the West Coast suffered a similar fate.

What Happened on Terminal Island, Why It Matters and What Is at Risk

Kate Kelly | Posted 06.10.2013 | Los Angeles
Kate Kelly

Terminal Island has three separate and very different stories that can best be told by a short trip to the island via one of the four bridges that connects it to the mainland.

What Sen. Inouye's Death Means for Japanese-Americans

Kathryn Ibata-Arens | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Kathryn Ibata-Arens

Sen. Inouye holds a special place in the hearts of those of us working to support the U.S.-Japan partnership. His story reminds us of our shared history and how far we have come. It is fitting that the senator's last word was "aloha."

2012 Was a Good Year for Denver's Japanese and Japanese-American Community

Gil Asakawa | Posted 02.13.2013 | Denver
Gil Asakawa

This was a good year for Japanese and Japanese-Americans in Colorado. A lot of the credit goes to Ikuhiko Ono, the consul general who came to Denver late last year and has made a concerted effort to reach out to the local Japanese-American community.

Remember Pearl Harbor, Both Ways

Stacy Bare | Posted 02.06.2013 | Impact
Stacy Bare

We know of the many Americans who served bravely and honorably in WW2, but how many served so honorably while their families were wrongfully interned back home, simply for being of Japanese descent?

WWII Internment Camp Letters Found In Denver Building

AP | COLLEEN SLEVIN | Posted 11.21.2012 | Denver

DENVER -- Some letters arriving from Japanese-American internment camps during World War II were very specific, asking for a certain brand of bath pow...

"Sakura:" Final Event to Mark Centenary of Japan's Gift of Cherry Trees to U.S.

Gil Asakawa | Posted 09.14.2012 | Denver
Gil Asakawa

It was the right song for the occasion: "Duo Sokyo" ended a brief concert marking the 100th anniversary of Japan's gift of more than 3,000 cherry trees to the U.S. as a symbol of friendship.

Internment Resolution

Mark Ridley-Thomas | Posted 08.06.2012 | Los Angeles
Mark Ridley-Thomas

Today the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors took a small step toward correcting a large mistake, and in doing so, we can remind ourselves that there are plenty of civil rights questions today that must be handled justly and courageously.

Men's Emotional Connection to Guns: An Interview With Michael Messner (Part 2)

Jackson Katz | Posted 01.09.2012 | Books
Jackson Katz

Emotions are of central importance on all sides of the gun debate. We can't wish them away in favor of some imagined Mr. Spock-like linear rationality.

Heart Mountain Internment Camp's New Interpretive Learning Center Opens

Gil Asakawa | Posted 10.18.2011 | Denver
Gil Asakawa

We've driven to Heart Mountain, and were chilled by the desolate majesty of the locale. The mountain itself is a powerful image, one that adds an iconic feel to this camp.

Denver Pays Tribute to Bill Hosokawa, A Japanese American Leader

Gil Asakawa | Posted 09.10.2011 | Denver
Gil Asakawa

Hosokawa was well-known nationally as one of the foundations of the Japanese American community's national history. He's also remembered in Colorado, and not just by Japanese Americans.

No eHarmony With Asian Men

Sunil Adam | Posted 08.08.2011 | World
Sunil Adam

No one would want to be in the shoes of a black man in America. That is a given. Having the highest incarceration and unemployment rates, not to menti...

Japanese-Americans Open Hearts, Wallets For Tsunami Victims

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Japanese-Americans, expats and others in the United States opened their hearts and their wallets this week to the victims of Japan...

Un-American, Anti-Muslim Hearings Serve No Useful Purpose

Rep. Bobby Rush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Bobby Rush

I want my Muslim brothers and sisters to know that Thursday was not a day that brought honor to the U.S. House of Representatives.

War Internment Lessons: Peter King's Muslim Hearings Will Not Make America Safer

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

The King hearings do little to keep our country secure and do plenty to increase prejudice, discrimination and hate. I thought we learned a lesson or two from my internment camp experience in Colorado. I hope I am not proven wrong.

Super Winners Have No Score To Settle

Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D.

Two life-altering events that took place nearly seven decades ago receive little attention and are primarily observed by members of the two groups who experienced them.