Being Japanese American: A JA Sourcebook for Nikkei, Hapa…& Their Friends
By Gil Asakawa
From immigration to discrimination and internment, and then to reparations and a high rate of intermarriage, Americans of Japanese descent share a long and sometimes painful history, and some now fear their unique culture is being lost. Gil Asakawa’s celebration of what makes JAs so special is an entertaining blend of facts and features, of recipes, songs, and memories that every JA will want to share with friends and family.
Being Japanese American looks at where JAs came from, their cultural and spiritual roots, how they’ve adapted their customs to their new home, and the importance of food and language in their identity. Also included are interviews with JAs and a look at how it’s hip to be Japanese, from manga to martial arts, plus a section on Japantown communities and tips for JAs scrapbooking their families and traveling to Japan to rediscover their roots.
With photos and illustrations.
Paperback: 160 pp