Author: Ashley Arikawa



Thanksgiving, then Black Friday

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, so does the infamous shopping spree known as Black Friday. Many point out the irony of a day of thankfulness being followed by ruthless shopping but yet the trend continues. So how did this season of gratitude become about getting more? Let us start with why we celebrate Thanksgiving. This first […]

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Asian American Actors – John Cho

Throughout the years, Asian-American actors have struggled to fight past typical Asian stereotypes in the TV/Film industry. Even in today’s most popular television shows, the Asian American community continues to suffer under racial stereotypes usually portraying the average Asian male to be weak and timid. But this series of articles is meant to highlight actors […]

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A Brief History of Veterans Day

Every year on November 11, Americans pay their respects to the veterans who fought for this country. People celebrate Veterans Day in a variety of ways ranging from barbeques and parades to just taking the day off. But how did this American holiday begin? The history of this national holiday dates back to what was […]

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Hello Kitty Comes to JANM!!!

Weighing in at about 3 apples and standing 5 whole apples tall, this icon of Japanese popular culture has become one of most popular fictional characters in the world. Hello Kitty was created in Japan in 1974 making this year, 2014 its 40th anniversary! In honor of Hello Kitty’s 40th birthday, the Japanese American National […]

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SoCal Halloween

Halloween had become more than just a day where people dress up for annual costume parties. The holiday has turned into a month of popular tourist attractions transforming into thrilling experiences for people to experience together. If you’re having trouble deciding how to fill your month with Halloween excitement, here are some of the most […]

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Fourth of July Celebrations Around California

Are you ready for the Fourth of July? It’s time to celebrate this Friday with the red, white, and blue (and maybe some barbeque and fireworks too)! If you’re looking for something to do, check out some of the patriotic festivals going on in your area. For more information, click the highlighted links. Southern California: […]

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Obon Festival Season is Almost Here!

Summer is almost here… and so is obon festival season! In our “Obon: A Japanese Summer Festival” post, we gave you a brief overview of the cultural significance of the event and what to expect if you have never been to an obon festival. Obon is a fun, celebratory event that brings together families, friends, and […]

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