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Breaking loose vs. maintaining subordination

Philip Kan Gotanda’s play “The Wash” was first staged in San Francisco’s Eureka Theatre in 1987. It is the most straightforward (straight ahead rather than jumping into flashbacks or dreaminess) and least specifically Japanese-American of the work by Gotanda with which I’m familiar. 393 more words

Stephen O. Murray

TOURNAMENT PREDICTIONS: Humbug vs Nisei / Triangle vs Revelations / Squeeze vs The Walk

The X-Cast blog team are going to share their daily predictions about the Episode Tournament fixtures coming up, talking about who they think will win (not crucially who *should* win – that’s up to you!). 351 more words

The X-Files

Before the 442nd, there were Varsity Victory Volunteers

After the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, many wanted to help, but not all were welcomed.

Akira Otani was 20 years old and preparing for the reopening of his family’s fish market when he looked toward Pearl Harbor in disbelief. 325 more words


Honoring a Japanese American WWII Veteran on Veterans Day

Courtesy of International Historical Research Associates-

YouTube video, posted by Heather Wokusch, a 2012 interview with Kazuo “Fred” Yamaguchi, who served in the U.S. Military Intelligence Service. 198 more words


"Third Generation" Japanese Novelists

I thought the 1993 book by Van C. Gessel, now a professor of Japanese Studies at Bringham Young University, about Three Modern Novelists: Soseki, Tanizaki, Kawabata… 430 more words

Stephen O. Murray

Car Shows: August 2016 Edition

‘Tis the season of my favorites… cars.


Adrenaline rushes. My heart races. My mind goes crazy.

Put me in a lot filled with cars, and I will have the time of my life… 770 more words


Big Bad Termites

The 55 foot Yagura tower was once made out of wood but termites saw to the end of that.

Just like the three little pigs, it came back stronger, not in wood, but in steel. 49 more words

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