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A Thing of Beauty
Published On:
January 31, 2021

Revolutionary BTS

Story

What might be even more revolutionary than seeing AAPI masculinity on screen is the idea that Asian men—like k-pop boyband BTS—can subvert gendered concepts of beauty and desire altogether.

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Let's Talk About the Fox-Eye Trend

Story

The fox-eye trend, particularly when paired with the migraine pose, is remarkably similar to how Asian people are often mocked for the shape of their eyes.

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Fake Plastic Treats: The Origins of Restaurant Displays

For Fun

A quiet ode to shokuhin sampuru, also known as those beautiful plastic food displays you see in Japanese restaurants.

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Home for the Holidays
Published On:
December 26, 2020

Kentakki Fried Christmas

For Fun

Kentucky Fried Chicken for Christmas. This is a thing in Japan.

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Your 2021 Good Luck Charm

For Fun

Take a short quiz and get yourself a good luck charm for the new year!

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Nikkei Diaspora: Oshogatsu

Story

Starting the new year with friends and family... around the world.

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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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