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Tokyo’s Second Olympics Will Be Forever Remembered for Its Unique Circumstances

Gil Asakawa

As I write this, the “2020” Tokyo Olympic Games are just two weeks away. It’s the second time the summer games have been held in Japan. I was a kid living in Japan when Tokyo hosted its first Olympics, from October 10-24, 1964.

Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dreaming of travel to Japan

Gil Asakawa

During the last week of October, there was a lot on my mind, including Covid-19 and the ongoing pandemic, and of course the November U.S. elections. But I also found myself at a moment in time, looking back one year that week to a 2019 family trip to Japan, and …

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We Are Not Free tells the JA incarceration story through a different perspective

Gil Asakawa

During the Coronavirus pandemic, we’ve all gotten used to staying home every evening – no parties, dinners at restaurants, movie nights, concerts. Just a lot of plopping down on the couch to see what’s available on demand via cable, Netflix, Amazon Prime, or other streaming source that brings entertainment to …

Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Food for thought — and sheltering at home

Gil Asakawa


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I've heard "Go back where you came from" too often

Gil Asakawa

I was driving on the highway one night some years back between Denver and Boulder, when I got harassed by a couple of young white guys who were tailgating me, probably in their teens or early 20s at the most. When I pulled off at an exit they followed me …

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Traveling to Japan With a Loved One Who Has Dementia

Gil Asakawa

My mom has suffered from worsening dementia for years, and when my brothers and I saw increasing signs that she would no longer be able to live by herself, we moved her into a Memory Care Center nearby.

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When Family Caregiving Isn’t Enough for Your Parent

Gil Asakawa

My brother Glenn and I moved my mom from her house in Lafayette, Colorado, last month to live in a memory care facility nearby. She’s had dementia for a long time, and it’s gotten noticeably worse for the past couple of years. I’m still sorting through how it felt to …

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Rock and Roll and Ramen: Lessons in Appropriation vs Appreciation

Gil Asakawa

My friends (and anyone who follows my social media “food porn” photos) know that I’m a snob about Japanese food. I have strong opinions on the best tonkatsu fried pork cutlets, real vs. fake sushi and Japanese restaurants staffed by non-Japanese who can’t pronounce menu items correctly. And, because I …

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A Salute to Our JA Veterans

Gil Asakawa

When the word “veterans” comes up in conversations within the Japanese American community, I suspect most of the time the image the word conjures is a picture of Nisei soldiers of the 100th Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team fighting during World War II.

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On writing about the JA community

Gil Asakawa

I started my writing career as a music critic and became a journalist with jobs at various mainstream media newspapers and later, websites, and wasn’t much concerned with covering the Japanese, Japanese American, or Asian American Pacific Islander communities or issues.

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Gil Asakawa is a Sansei journalist, blogger, and online content and social media expert who lives in the Denver area with a Yonsei wife and two cats. He bogs about JA and Asian American topics at www.nikkeiview,com and he authored "Being Japanese American" in 2004.

Nikkei interests

  • family stories
  • festival/matsuri
  • Japanese/Nikkei food
  • Japantowns
  • taiko
  • pop culture

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