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My Fantastic Voyage into the World of Dance Music

Issue:
One Year Indoors
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March 5, 2021

The title says it all. Plus, I included a little mix that I think you'll enjoy.

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An Ode to Hair

Issue:
A Thing of Beauty
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May 20, 2020

Hey, come and check out this bowl cut.

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How Asian Beauty Helped Me Normalize Self-Care as a Man

Issue:
A Thing of Beauty
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January 30, 2021

It took me a long time to accept myself. Asian beauty standards for men in K-drams and K-pop groups gave me comfort.

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Hearing (And Sharing) Our Grandparents' Stories

Issue:
Food, Family, and a Little Shopping
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June 11, 2020

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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Chasing the Japanese Whaling Fleet as a Japanese American

Issue:
Mottainai
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September 25, 2020

My experience chasing the Japanese whaling fleet as a Japanese American ocean activist led me to realize that we can't approach conservation issues without also considering the historical, racial, and geopolitical context that comes along with them.

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Finding Home at School

Issue:
Back to School
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May 23, 2020

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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Infographic - Are the Kids (Going to Be) Alright?

Issue:
Back to School
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May 20, 2020

Automated employment is looming, human education is in danger. This infographic explores how we can develop critical "human" competencies for the future success of our kids.

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What is your JA Personality Type?

Issue:
Back to School
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August 22, 2020

Are you Lakers or Clippers, Sansei Dad or Gen Z? At obon, are you an eater or a dancer? Take the quiz, share the quiz, have a good laugh!

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Are the Kids (Going to Be) Alright?

Issue:
Back to School
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May 20, 2020

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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Identity Crises for the Gold

Issue:
In Lieu of the Olympics
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July 11, 2020

Though deciding which team to cheer for during the Olympics may seem like a no-brainer to some, it can be more complex if your family is tied to multiple countries. One mixed-race writer shares his story.

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Creating a Sense of Community in Idaho

Issue:
Diaspora
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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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Diaspora: An Infographic

Issue:
Diaspora
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May 20, 2020

Where exactly is the Japanese diaspora? Check out our visual depiction of where the Nikkei community has settled around the world.

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A Space for Ourselves: Thoughts from a Black Yonsei

Issue:
Diaspora
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July 26, 2020

What is it to be a Black Japanese American? What should I tell you? What should you know? 

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Nikkei Diaspora: A Photo Essay

Issue:
Diaspora
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June 14, 2020

A collection of photos capturing family, friendship, cultural preservation, isolation, and the Japanese diaspora.

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Normalizing the term "Nikkei"

Issue:
Nonprofit Sustainability
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May 23, 2020

As Nikkei Japanese Americans, some of us are used to calling ourselves "JAs." However, the term may unintentionally divide our community, posing the question of if we should begin to normalize the term "Nikkei" instead.

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The Christian Conundrum of Obon

Issue:
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
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May 23, 2020

The Buddhist origins of obon festivals pose a predicament for some Christians, noted as being in conflict with their religious beliefs, while others view them simply as a cultural event to celebrate Japanese American heritage.

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The Rise of the Mon Tattoo Trend: A Q&A with Japanese American Tattoo Artist Jun Osaki

Issue:
Heritage, Heirlooms, and Hand-me-downs
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May 3, 2020

More young Japanese Americans are getting their family mon, or crest, tattooed on their bodies today. In a Q&A with Portland-based artist Jun Osaki, we learn more about how tattoos can connect people to their culture.

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