In Search of “Chinameshi”


We call it “Old School Chinameshi,” this Cantonese version of Chinese food that Japanese Americans have been eating long before WWII, and several decades after. You won’t find it in most Chinese restaurants today—the homyu, the pakkai, the almond duck…But you mention these dishes to Japanese Americans who remember, and …

Book Review: INFAMY: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II


Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Grateful Crane Ensemble’s Goodwill Tour to Tohoku, Japan


“How was your trip to Japan?” It’s a question I’ve been asked several times since we returned from our Goodwill Tour to Tohoku last month.

Letter to President Obama re: Indefinite Military Detention


January 10, 2012The Honorable Barack ObamaPresident of the United StatesThe White House1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NWWashington, D.C. 20500Dear President Obama,

Letter to the Muslim American Community 2011


Dear Muslim American Friends,I am writing to you to extend a hand of support and understanding and to let you know that members of the American Muslim community are not alone when it comes to standing up to hate and intolerance in our country.

Hiroshi Kashiwagi Goes to Washington


For my father, Nisei playwright, poet, and actor Hiroshi Kashiwagi, the journey up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in the heart of Washington, D.C. was steep and arduous. Now 88-years-old, he moves much slower than he used to, but he was determined to reach the top, slowly, step by …

Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

We Help Each Other


I’m not an expert on Japanese culture and customs, but as I observe what’s happening in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami I am confident that the country and its people will eventually recover and rebuild their lives because of one key concept and way of life that is deeply …

Mochitsuki Tradition: Mochi Making the Old School Way


Like turkey on Thanksgiving for Americans, a “must have” for Japanese and Nikkei around the world on New Year’s Day is a nice, warm bowl of ozoni, also known as “mochi soup.”

"The Betrayed," Why Now is the Time


“Tule Lake, Tule Lake—thatwas a name I dared not mentionspoken warily, always withhesitation, never voluntarily...”—an excerpt from “A Meeting at Tule Lake,” a poem by Nisei writer Hiroshi KashiwagiGrowing up in San Francisco, I remember hearing my father first talk about camp at a community event held at the Buddhist …

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Soji Kashiwagi is a Sansei playwright and Executive Producer of the Grateful Crane Ensemble in Los Angeles, California.


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