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The Importance (and Hardship) of Becoming Bilingual

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A few summers ago I found myself listening to a concert at the annual Okinawan festival in O’ahu, Hawai’i. I closed my eyes and began to sway to the sound of the strumming of the sanshin and to the melodic tilting of the woman singer’s voice. She sang in a way that enveloped me in love, yet pierced me with …

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3 Japanese Win Nobel Prize for Inventing LED Used in Smartphones, Other Energy Devices

Nobel Laureate in Physics Professor Shuji Nakamura
Photo courtesy of UCSB

By Jennie L. Ilustre University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Professor Shuji Nakamura, who shares this year’s prestigious Nobel Prize for Physics with two Japanese researchers, has an inspiring message for Asian Americans. “I encourage higher education and hard work in order to achieve the American Dream and thrive,” Nakamura, 60, said in an interview days after the announcement of …

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Both, Nothing and Everything [BLOG]

Aozora Brockman

This week’s blog post comes from Aozora Brockman, a sophomore at Northwestern University. Brockman is studying anthropology, creative writing, and Asian American studies.  She is especially interested in researching racial issues that impact the Asian American community and is currently involved in an independent research project on how Asian American masculinity is viewed by non-Asian female fans of K-Pop male idols. …

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Secretary Norman Mineta Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by NJAMF

2013 NJAMF Galaprogram

Washington, DC – On Saturday, November 2, 2013, the National Japanese Memorial Foundation hosted its annual Gala at the Marriott Wardman Hotel. The gala opened with a stunning taiko drum display by Nen Daiko. Four awards were given at this year’s gala dinner: the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Award for Constitutional Rights, the Special Recognition Legacy Award, and the Chairmen’s Award. …

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Pages of Beauty and Madness: Japanese Writers Onscreen

Pages of Beauty and Madness

Washington, DC – “Pages of Beauty and Madness” explores the rich history of Japanese literature — from classic novels to modern manga — through film adaptations from Japan, Korea, Cambodia and France. These classic and critically acclaimed film adaptations are precious and rarely seen since their original release in the cinema. Three films will be offered free of charge at …

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Race Talk: Asian American as a Political Identity [BLOG]

Aozora Brockman

This week’s blog post comes from Aozora Brockman, a sophomore at Northwestern University. Brockman is studying anthropology, creative writing, and Asian American studies.  She is especially interested in researching racial issues that impact the Asian American community and is currently involved in an independent research project on how Asian American masculinity is viewed by non-Asian female fans of K-Pop male idols. …

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Asian American Unity: What is It?

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By Janelle Wong The hallmark of the Asian American community is diversity. We are made up of people who hail from distinct nations and places, we encompass many religious traditions, we speak a plethora of languages, and we represent a vast array of cultural practices and migration histories. Given these and many other distinctions that cross-cut our community, what binds …

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AsianAmerica: Dateline News for the Asian American Community

By Mary Tablante Japanese American Veterans Honored New Orleans, LA—To spread the story of Japanese-American veterans, the Congressional Gold Medal that was collectively given to Japanese Americans who served in World War II is on a yearlong tour, starting Jan. 11 at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Irene Hirano Inouye, widow of the late Sen. Daniel …

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