Solving a Family Mystery – and Learning to Tell Our Stories

Tonight in LA, I started to solve part of a family mystery. During the Chinese exclusion era, my grandmother was left behind in China when her father took her male cousin to the U.S. instead. The laws were so restrictive, families had to make decisions like this all the time. She eventually made it to […]

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New Year’s Message

Happy 2016! Thank you for your liking this page and for all of the support this past year. It was an exciting one! As other authors know, writing a book can be a very solitary experience. You research, write, rewrite, edit, revise, and reedit over and over again, mostly on your own. For years. And […]

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What Happened After Pearl Harbor

Every December 7th, the news media always recognizes the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. But what happened to Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor is just as important to remember. During WWII, 120,000 Japanese Americans (including two-thirds who were United States-born citizens) were forcibly rounded up and incarcerated in camps around the country because they were […]

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Response to VA Mayor on Japanese American incarceration

My two postings on Roanoke, VA mayor’s statements on Japanese American incarceration this week (VA mayor cites “need” for WW2 Japanese American incarceration & “need” to halt Syrian refugees, from the Washington Post.) The mayor’s understanding of history is totally false. And it is egregious that he would recommend that the U.S. repeat one of the […]

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Talking history with the Minneapolis Star Tribune

Last week, I sat down with Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter Allie Shah to talk about Asian American history and why I wrote The Making of Asian America. Read her profile here. And also look at the special section on Asian American history – “Don’t Know Much About Asian American History?” –  that the Star Tribune created as […]

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