グウェン・ムラナカ

(Gwen Muranaka)

Gwen Muranaka, Senior Editor, has been with The Rafu Shimpo since 2001. Prior to that, she worked in Tokyo at the Japan Times where she still contributes the weekly cartoon “Noodles.” She attended UCLA where she received a BA in English literature and also studied one year at Waseda University. Muranaka started in community newspapers as assistant editor at the Pacific Citizen.

Updated March 2021

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Fighting Hatred With Song

“Your eyes tell the story of your family.” 

Through its long history, Sesame Street has addressed difficult issues, and the troubling rise in anti-Asian hatred during the COVID-19 pandemic is no different.

In the video, Filipina American Analyn, performed by Claudia Fabella, is sad becau…

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Obituary: Eunice Sato, 99 — First Female Mayor of Long Beach

LONG BEACH — Eunice N. Sato, the first Asian American woman to serve as mayor of a major American city, passed away of cardio-pulmonary arrest on Feb. 12, 2021. She was 99.

Sato served as mayor of Long Beach for two years in the early 1980s, the first woman to lead the city, guiding it through a period of …

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Love is Little Tokyo: Iconic mural becomes the setting for a special engagement

Auntie Nancy would be proud.

Little Tokyo has been through much in 2020, but last Saturday was a rare moment of celebration and joy in this most difficult year. Under the “Home Is Little Tokyo” Mural Matt Consalvi got down on one knee and asked his girlfriend, Marissa Hernandez, to be his wife.

&l…

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

Taking Flight After The Tumult

Little Tokyo and yearning for meaning and hope in the power of place.

A bird taking flight.

Little Tokyo is a small neighborhood of artists and activists, of commerce and spirituality, of parades and protests, densely layered by its long history and its proximity to the seats of power.

And so, in early June, N…

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

Energizing Or End Times For a 117-Year-Old Publication

This is how I go cover a story now. I put on a cloth mask and wash my hands, grab my recorder and put an LAPD press badge around my neck. A while back, photographer Mario Gershom Reyes and I covered Hideki Obayashi of Azuma in Gardena as he fights to keep the restaurant going.

Even with masks on, you can see the…

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