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A Q&A with the Developers of J-Town: A Visual Novel

Issue:
May 3, 2020

Iszac Gaton and Taylor Weik, developers of the upcoming indie game J-Town: A Visual Novel, talk about the game development process and all things Japantown.

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Walk the Farm - Part Two: Issei & Nisei Farm Legacy Project

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August 13, 2022

Learn more about the inspiring history of JA farming families and the Southern California-based project to preserve their stories.

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5 Things I Learned at Yo! Camp (as an Adult)

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August 16, 2022

When you think of an overnight summer camp, you think of all the benefits it will have for the campers. But instructors and staff like myself learned a lot, too.

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626 Assembly Center

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May 18, 2022

My grandmother and her family stood on the same ground as Asian Americans do today while attending 626 Night Market—albeit under extremely different circumstances—but it bothers me to know that her history is being forgotten or ignored.

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Yo! Camp: Make Magic, Every Day

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May 20, 2020

Our inaugural year of Yo! Camp was something magical. Let's explore where that magic comes from.

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My JA Community: A SoCal Transplant in NorCal's Summer

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October 21, 2020

I moved to San Jose three years ago; this is my story of experiencing community in both NorCal and SoCal.

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Walk the Farm - Part One: Harvesting Hope

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August 13, 2022

How one farm in Irvine, CA created an annual tradition that continues to bring the community together and change people’s lives around the world.

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Meet Yo! Magazine's Spring Student Collaborators

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June 13, 2020

Meet our eight amazing Student Collaborators from our Spring cohort: Ashley, Erin, Hannah, Katie, Kendall, Jules, Michelle, and Yua!

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Summer Camp - Parents, Your Questions Answered

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May 20, 2020

When it comes to summer camps and programs, parents and kids often underestimate the importance and value of these opportunities. Let's explore the deep value of the summer camp experience.

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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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Nikkei Professionals 2022

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April 15, 2022

Nikkei Professionals is an event hosted by the Southern California Intercollegiate Nikkei Council in which members have the opportunity to develop professionals skills that are often not taught in school.

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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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With Love for Our Community: Building Community with J-Town Action と Solidarity

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February 11, 2022

It’s hard to explain why working with JAS is so important to me. Showing up in action and solidarity with love for our community and a revolutionary vision for the future just feels like the right—and sometimes the only—thing to do.

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Date Guide: Little Tokyo Edition

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January 10, 2022

Add these iconic Little Tokyo spots to your date-rotation. Bonus points if you hit them all in one go!

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Fierce Vulnerability with Gia Gunn

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June 28, 2020

Gia Gunn chats about her journey from dancing Nihon-buyo as a child to RuPaul's Drag Race to self discovery and activism.

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Be Like Bamboo

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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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Meet Lindsay Arakawa | @blindsaay

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June 13, 2020

Join me as I dive into an interview with Lindsay Arakawa, a yonsei/gosei creator born in Hawaii, living in Tokyo, Japan, doing some amazing work.

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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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Found in Translation at the 2020 Olympics: What it's like to translate at the Olympics

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April 26, 2020

He was there! Explore the experience of translating at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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Delivering Community Care One Meal at a Time: Little Tokyo Eats

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June 13, 2020

Worried about some of our more vulnerable community members, many non-profit groups came together to help deliver delicious foods to local Little Tokyo seniors. This project, Little Tokyo Eats, benefited not only the seniors, but also the family and legacy-owned small businesses in Little Tokyo. After more than a year later, the program is ending.

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Quiet Support or Loud Disapproval: Thoughts on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games

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June 11, 2020

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games has been riddled with controversy since the start of the global pandemic, and yet in the eyes of a number of governing bodies, the show must go on. So now what?

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Alternatives to Retail Therapy

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June 14, 2020

As we continue to get vaccinated and return to our lives, let's move away from retail therapy and start investing in community care.

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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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Healing Through Food

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May 1, 2020

How a loaf of bread helped me process grief after the Atlanta shootings.

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Changing the Tides on Mental Health

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May 9, 2021

Learn more about the Changing Tides (CT) Crew, which consists of 6-8 AAPI young adults who strive to destigmatize mental health and create safe and accessible spaces for the community.

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Small Business Feature: Whispering Wicks

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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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Bringing Sports into Little Tokyo with Terasaki Budokan Director Ryan Lee

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June 14, 2020

The long awaited Little Tokyo Recreation Center, aka the Terasaki Budokan, is finally going to open. Read our interview with Director Ryan Lee to learn more.

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The Greatest Restaurant I Never Knew

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November 24, 2020

An ode to the beautiful life and heart-rending death of Yoonjin Hwang’s beloved Spoon by H.

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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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Light Up Your Holidays With Hikari

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December 26, 2020

To reclaim some of that missing holiday spirit this year, read about one author's visit to Tanaka Farms’ Hikari – A Festival of Lights.

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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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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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The Visitor

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September 28, 2020

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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For the People! Sustainability and Face Masks

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May 1, 2020

One person's journey toward utilizing their passion for sustainability and activism through making face masks.

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Caring for Our Island Earth

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September 28, 2020

We are all islanders. Let's learn about the habitual adjustments that are small for us, but make a big impact on the environmental sustainability for this island we call Earth.

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Dream With Me: Life Without Oppressive Systems

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June 13, 2020

The CSU Board of Trustees approved a one-class ethnic studies graduation requirement, citing the need for individual schools to plan out coursework to meet the requirement. Is that something marginalized communities asked for? Is that action enough?

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Going Above and Beyond: How People Are Learning Skills Outside of School

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May 1, 2020

Learn from these incredible young adults and adopt a new hobby or skill set outside of the traditional school books!

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From Los Angeles to Tokyo: Communities are Saying NO to the Olympics

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August 8, 2020

With any Olympic Games comes community displacement, expansion of police militarization, environmental degradation, financial waste, and corruption. Learn about the Nolympics movement.

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Angeleno Magic: A Retrospective of the 1984 Olympics

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May 20, 2020

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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Historia de AELU con Jimmy Shimabukuro

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April 26, 2020

Una introducción a la AELU, un lugar de reunión para la comunidad Nikkei y Japonesa en Lima, Perú.

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Visiting the Largest Japanese Stadium in Peru

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April 26, 2020

Imagine the Little Tokyo Budokan. Now imagine that with a school, four restaurants, and many more sports courts. I spoke with the president of one of the most well-known Japanese Stadiums in Peru to learn about its history and the strength of the Nikkei Community in Peru.

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Normalizing Self-Love: An Interview with Sex Toy Company Co-Founder Anna Lee

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April 26, 2020

We're talking about self-love as it relates to sexual health. What is a smart vibrator? How does it work? We break it all down for you in our interview with Lioness co-founder Anna Lee.

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What's Your Obon Known For?

Issue:
June 28, 2020

By no means an "official" list - peruse through our crowd-sourced list to explore the new, and reminisce on the familiar from obon's across the country.

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How One of the Largest Obons Celebrates at Home

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April 26, 2020

This year, many temples and community centers are faced with the big challenge of capturing the spirit of obons and matsuris while at home. San Jose Obon's committee member Matt Ogawa shares how the largest obon in North America transitioned to having "Obon@Home."

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