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Food, Family, and a Little Shopping
Published On:
November 25, 2020

The Asian American Community Business Shopping Guide

For Fun

Are you ready? We've sourced over 100 community-based businesses all offering one-of-a-kind items. Buy for that special someone, or treat yourself.

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Verbalizing Love in our JA Families

Story

We love and appreciate our families, but as Japanese Americans, it can be hard to verbalize our feelings.

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Hearing (And Sharing) Our Grandparents' Stories

Story

Deep down, we know it's important to make an effort to hear our grandparents' stories, but starting those conversations can sometimes be challenging. Here's another reminder that it's definitely worth trying.

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Nonprofit Sustainability
Published On:
November 15, 2020

A History of Japanese American Nonprofits

Back to Basics

Community-based organizations make up the backbone of the Japanese American community. But where did they come from? 

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Board Diversity: It's 2020 and We Can Do More

Story

Explore how a diverse board can enhance an organizations decision-making, network, and innovation.

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Next Generation Leadership Succession

Story

Let's take a look at the methodologies and barriers to transitioning the leadership of our community's nonprofit organizations to the next generation. 

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All Hallows' Eve
Published On:
October 23, 2020

The Visitor

For Fun

Hawaii is a spiritual place and no stranger to its share of ghost stories. I had my own encounter in 2015 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii.

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My Japanese Superstitions

Story

Americans have likely heard the "don't step on a crack or you'll break your mother's back" superstition. But other countries have their own silly phrases, including Japan.

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Haunted Japantowns

Story

The historic Japantowns have served our community for over 100 years, but there are many untold stories that reveal a spooky side of these neighborhoods.

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Mottainai
Published On:
September 25, 2020

Pruning the Bonsai: How the History of Japanese American Gardeners Lives on Through Their Descendants

Story

Though gardening was a common profession for Japanese American immigrants pre and post-war, their era is now over. How do their descendants perceive and preserve their family's history today?

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Reversing the Cycle, and Then Some: From Buy Amazon to Bye Amazon

Story

One writer reflects on her relationship with Amazon and why she made a conscious decision to not renew her account after learning about the company's abusive and exploitative practices.

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Japanese Gardens in the States and Around the World

Back to Basics

Whether it be a space for cultural exchange or to find a moment of peace, Japanese gardens (and elements of it) can be enjoyed around the world.

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Family Game Night
Published On:
September 3, 2020

GAME TIME: JA Cranium

For Fun

Trivia, pictionary, origami, and charades -this game has it all! Test out your knowledge of the Japanese American community with this unique take on the beloved game Cranium. For ages 16 and up.

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Japanese Cultural References You May Not Have Noticed in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

For Fun

There are a lot of Japanese cultural Easter eggs in Animal Crossing — some obvious, some well-hidden — that are worth digging into.

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Finding Escape in Cards

Story

Life in the Japanese American concentration camps was far from ideal, but as bad as the circumstances were, Japanese Americans tried to make the best of their situations. Having outlets like sports, dances, and especially card games helped children do exactly that.

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Back to School
Published On:
August 20, 2020

Finding Home at School

Story

Enjoying school can be hard when you feel like you don't belong. There are many factors that impact how much an individual enjoys school, but one that looms large is the demographics of the school.

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Back to Online School with Ms. Katsuda

For Fun

This year going back to school might look different for folks attending online. Marisa Katsuda, an eighth grade teacher, shares some tips to make this experience a bit easier.

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Are the Kids (Going to Be) Alright?

Story

Employment, socializing, and life itself is evolving at an exponential rate... education is not. What do our kids need to truly be prepared for this rapidly changing reality?

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