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Sake Crafting | An Interview with James Jin from Nova Brewing

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May 18, 2022

Discover the creative process of crafting new sake and beer flavors from James Jin, the cofounder of Nova Brewing, and peek into life as a small business owner.

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Japantown Style | An Interview with Darin Maki of CRFT by Maki

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January 10, 2022

Meet Darin Maki: founder of CRFT by Maki, a culture brand based in Little Tokyo.

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Blending Aesthetics: AKASHI-KAMA's Noragi Jacket Style Guide

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January 18, 2022

Style guide for AKASHI-KAMA's signature piece, the Noragi Jacket.

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Japangeles: Story of Community

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March 6, 2022

Continuing our two-part article series, this second article focuses on the unique community, design, and impact of Japangeles beyond just the business aspects.

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Personal Color Analysis Changed My Relationship with Clothes

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November 20, 2021

Personal color consultation will tell you what colors look best on you. For a mom of two, it meant the beginning of a chromatastic adventure.

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3 to 1: Business

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June 15, 2021

How do generational differences affect business practices and philosophies? You want to know, and so do we.

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What's Your Salary?

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April 26, 2020

Curious what other positions and folks get paid? Here's an easy and anonymous way to share and see!

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Hungry For More

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April 16, 2022

A sushi chef turned business owner, creates a community through food.

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Flying Free: Quitting your Job

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June 28, 2020

Sharing stories of personal peace... after leaving the job.

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Re-engineering the Engineering Business

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April 15, 2022

We strive to bring our whole self to work, so why do some of us feel the need to hide our culture? When preparing to enter the workforce, we tend to focus on the technical aspect and aptitude needed to perform and succeed, but often forget to prepare ourselves for the difference in culture and how that defines work expectations.

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Creating Kokekreations: the Japanese Art of Moss Balls

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April 15, 2022

Learn the story of a shared passion to spread a love for kokedama with the community, rooted in friendship, and belief in the importance of cultural appreciation.

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Japangeles: Story of Business

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March 6, 2022

In this two-part series, stories of Japangeles, from business to community, will be shared about the company we have now know. Learn about the growth, story, and success of the well-known brand in Southern California, connecting us all to Little Tokyo.

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Friends of the Vine

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January 18, 2022

"There are no strangers here, only friends you haven't met."

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Antiques Kinoedo: The Romance of Japanese Antiques

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October 21, 2020

My dad has been antiquing for years, specializing in buying and selling Japan-made goods. I went behind the scenes to learn about his business.

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The Business of Holding Yourself Back in Business

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November 20, 2021

As a Japanese American, are we bound to be nothing more than excellent individual contributors?

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Grief That’s Worth Its Weight in Gold

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April 13, 2022

I started my pre-loved fine gold jewelry business, Teruko Jewelry, on a whim—I knew nothing about solid gold, the value of gold jewelry or even how I would mail out orders. But when the scariest thing in the world has happened to you, things that might have seemed daunting feel manageable.

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Buttercream Dreams | An Interview with Kylie Miyamoto of Kymoto Co.

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June 13, 2020

Meet Kylie Miyamoto of Kymoto Co., the Tustin-based online cake shop that specializes in minimalist and modern buttercream cakes.

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Say Hello to Yu and Me Books

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May 3, 2020

Small business alert! We sat down with Lucy Yu, owner of the first female-owned Asian American bookstore in New York City, to chat books and community.

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Be Like Bamboo

Issue:
September 28, 2020

Planning for your organization is STILL a challenge given the present circumstances, but not impossible. Here are ways that you can create the mindset and practice to plan proactively.

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Expectations & Reality for Legacy Family Businesses in the JA Community

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May 20, 2020

When it comes to family-owned businesses in the Japanese American community, expectations are high. Here's what that pressure is like for the next generation.

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The Human in Human Resources

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June 28, 2020

Are traditional human resource practices harming our community institutions? What are you doing to prioritize the wellbeing of the team powering your organization's work?

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Don't Worry About Them, They're Just the Token Board Member...

Issue:
May 20, 2020

As organizations seek to diversify their leadership, they often only bring on a single board member to represent an entire community. Why does tokenizing happen? What are the consequences?

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Unwinding our Values: to Gaman and Grind

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June 28, 2020

Is our nonprofit value of "suffer for the cause" really healthy for us at the end of the day?

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Small Business Feature: Whispering Wicks

Issue:
May 3, 2020

In our first small business feature, we interview the husband-and-wife team behind the candle company known as Whispering Wicks. Read on to learn more about how candle-making helped these two ICU nurses relax.

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Who Saved Who: Dog Rescue in the Pandemic

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September 4, 2020

Dog adoption and rescue has seen exponential growth during shelter-in-place mandates. Here's my story of adopting a pup in the pandemic.

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Opening A Japanese Nail Art Business in 2020

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February 2, 2021

Owner and founder of Notox Nails, Lexi Suga, shares her story of opening up a Japanese nail art business in the middle of a global pandemic.

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The Asian American Community Business Shopping Guide

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June 11, 2020

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

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April 26, 2020

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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May 20, 2020

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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A History of Japanese American Nonprofits

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May 20, 2020

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

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Why is Funding for AAPI Organizations So Low?

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May 3, 2020

AAPI Data’s new report on the state of philanthropy shows that AAPI nonprofit organizations continue to remain a low priority for grantmakers. But why?

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5 Things to Know for Organizations Looking to Go Green: An Interview with Sustainable Shifts

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April 26, 2020

We sat down with Kahlil and William of Sustainable Shifts to learn more about how organizations can use more green or eco-friendly practices.

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