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The end of November gives us the opportunity to come together as family, share experiences, and after it's all over, engage in a little bit of shameless consumerism. In this issue, we explore thanksgiving, family ties, and share some of our favorite shopping lists as you begin to think about the season of giving.

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Nonprofit Sustainability
Published On:
November 15, 2020

A History of Japanese American Nonprofits

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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

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

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Next Generation Leadership Succession

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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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In Lieu of the Olympics
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August 8, 2020

Angeleno Magic: A Retrospective of the 1984 Olympics

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No traffic in Los Angeles during a time when the entire world converges on the city?! Explore a retrospective on the wonder and mystery of the 1984 Olympic Games hosted by the greatest city on earth.

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Hotlympics

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You love watching them compete, and I just like watching them! Come check out my list of hot Olympians.

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The Best (and Worst) Tokyo 2020 Merch

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The good, the bad, and the really not so great. Check out some of the best (and worst) Tokyo 2020 Olympic merchandise - let's see what the judges have to say!

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