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2013 Year of the Snake

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I've decided to mix it up. The calendar, I mean. Following wasabipress tradition, I have been meditating on the upcoming zodiac a...
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Misa Saijo: By Clementine Light of Dawn

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In July 1932, on the occasion of the Los Angeles Olympic Games, the Kashu Mainichi ran an article welcoming the Japanese athletes, writt...
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Gompers Saijo: Earthly Manifestation

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It is no great surprise that Eric Saijo's home is surrounded by a profusion of California native plants —ceanothus, manzanita, redbu...
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Albert Saijo: Karmic Heart

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When the phone rang unexpectedly early one morning in 2009, I couldn't believe it, but it was Albert Saijo on the line, calling me f...
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When we first chug-chugged over the Tehachapi mountains on the I-5 and into Los Angeles that wintery day in 2010, I full expected to find th...
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Dia de los Muertos

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This is a Sufi tale that has been reincarnated in many tongues, with variations in its size and color and ornamentation, but in essence ...
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I moved to Los Angeles several years ago (it will be a full three come February) after twenty-three years of growing-up, girly yet grit...
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The Ultimate Good: George Izumi's Grace Pastries

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“Weddings are the most superstitious of holidays. And the cake? Well it’s like any marriage, right? I won’t say the cake is human, but the...
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Readings of Identity: Asian American Portraits of Encounter

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Artist Tam Tran: Writer Kazim Ali Renowned portrait artist Steve Pyke has said that he is interested in the story each face has to tell, t...
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Akira Horiuchi: A Reluctant Hero's Journey to the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony

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"To be drafted by the Government, to serve your country in time of war under such conditions that existed at that time, incarceratio...
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