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So What's The Deal With Japanese Americans & Fishing?

Issue:
June 11, 2020

Fishing has always been popular in the Japanese American community and understanding our community's history, it makes sense.

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Doing a Good Turn Daily: Japanese American Boy Scouts

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May 20, 2020

Exploring the lasting legacy of youth development in the Boy Scout programs of the Japanese American community.

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Escaping Camp Through Sports

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May 23, 2020

Japanese Americans suffered greatly during WWII, but sports was one outlet that they relied on to escape their circumstances.

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Anzen Hardware Celebrates its 75th Anniversary

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June 14, 2020

This year will mark the 75th Anniversary of my grandparents' hardware store, and I don’t know what its future holds. 

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Hidden Ecologists: The Rise and Fall of Sustainable Agriculture in Japanese American Farming

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July 26, 2020

Land and micromanagement and precision agriculture techniques are perceived as innovations by environmentalists in the late 20th century. Actually, Japanese American farmers implemented these techniques in the 1900s with remarkable success...until racism intervened. 

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

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May 3, 2020

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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Card Games and Board Games Played in Camp

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June 11, 2020

In an effort to provide a fun way to connect with family and even get a different glimpse of camp, we've gathered a list of common card games and board games played in Japanese American concentration camps.

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Creating a Sense of Community in Idaho

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May 1, 2020

When you don't fit in with the majority's culture, it is difficult to find your voice. Learn how one person is rooting themselves back to Idaho and creating a sense of community.

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Kotonks & Buddhaheads: How Japanese American Experiences Differ on the Mainland and in Hawai'i

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May 3, 2020

As a Japanese American who grew up with family ties in Hawai'i but came of age in California, I've encountered some cultural differences based on experiences and history. Here, I attempt to unearth some of that history.

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Greek Life & Dating in the 1970s: A Sansei Perspective

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July 11, 2020

For many Sansei who grew up and attended college in Southern California at universities like UCLA and USC, Asian fraternities and sororities were the best way to meet and intermingle.

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How Sansei Dances Revived the Asian American Cover Band Era of the '60s and '70s

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May 3, 2020

The Sansei dances that many Japanese American parents in Southern California enjoy today hark back to a period in the 1960s and 1970s known as the Los Angeles Asian American dance scene.

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