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Three for May
By Jean Ikezoe-Halevi

- An online campaign by Japanese-Americans helped stop the auction of nearly 450 arts and crafts objects created by Japanese-Americans in internment camps during WWII. More than 6,000 people signed a petition organized by the Japanese American Citizens League and other advocacy groups on various social media.

By Dean Raffaelli

• Japan is a benevolent country. Its people are friendly and generous. So helpful, that I feel guilty about being in their country and being inept at the Japanese language. As much as this lack of language skill is a determent to navigating the various complexities and even the simplicities, what is worse is that it puts my host at a decided disadvantage. Once I have entered into a conversation that I sense will go nowhere, most Japanese are committed to see my request through whether they understand it or not.

Re-claiming our (food) heritage
By Robert Kumaki

• Most people who know me well know that I’m more than a bit obsessed about food. As I’ve mentioned in previous columns, I’ve traveled all over the world and sampled food from the ranks of Michelin-starred haute cuisine to questionable street cart vendors. However, one of my new life goals is to spread the gospel and re-claim our food heritage by formally promoting a cuisine I’m dubbing JASHOKU or Japanese American food.


By Calvin Manshio