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Naomi Hirahara Reading Blood Hina

March 6, 2010

Vroman’s in Pasadena hosted a launch party for author Naomi Hirahara and her new book, Blood Hina, on March 3, 2010. The event was held on Hinamatsuri, Japanese Girls’ Day, as a tie-in to the story. Here’s a description from the Vroman’s website: Blood Hina is the fourth installment of Naomi Hirahara’s highly acclaimed “Mas [...]

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“White on Rice” Movie

October 5, 2009

The first time I saw the snappy trailer for White on Rice, I knew I had to see it. It simply made me laugh, and I couldn’t think of any other feature-length comedy that centers around Japanese American characters. The line was crawling down the block when I went to a preview screening hosted by [...]

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Sweet Streets at Gallery Nucleus

September 28, 2009

Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra had an exhibit called “Sweet Streets: Art Inspired by Japanese Street Fashion” that opened on August 29, 2009. I think it did a good job of addressing questions like “What if someone from that FRUiTS book you flipped through a few years ago at Urban Outfitters just leapt out of a [...]

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1st Annual Los Angeles Tanabata Festival

September 26, 2009

Back on August 14, 2009, I went to the opening ceremony of the Tanabata Festival in Little Tokyo, one of the kick-off events for this year’s Nisei Week. I felt such solidarity with my people … the unemployed. I mean, how were so many other folks able to find parking in downtown and grab a [...]

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