gil asakawa | pop stuff

Bits and bytes of Asian American pop culture and politics served up in small chunks

Author Shewanda Pugh in USAT on mixed-race identity in life and her romance novel

Don’t let “romance” novel fool you — Pugh writes with a skill and concise style that would fit a Dashiell Hammett detective narrative. She’s a mixed-race author whose first book features a mixed-race African American/white woman and a Japanese American man. She’s breaking stereotypes in her book and in real life. 

9th grade filmmaker Matthew Shimura wins C-SPAN video competition for documentary about Japanese American Internment

From my Nikkei View blog: Nice work by a 9th grader in Honolulu who produced an 8-minute documentary about Japanese American internment during WWII, inspired by his uncle’s imprisonment at Manzanar.