Mas Yamashita on the usu used to make mochi, used in Japanese New Year dishes like ozouni:

Koji Steven Sakai’s Top 5 Favorite Things About Japanese New Year

When I explain Oshogatsu to my non-Japanese friends, I tell them that it’s Japanese Thanksgiving. It’s a time for the entire family to come together. When I was younger (pre-birth of my child) I thought that this was cheesy but now that I’m a father, the importance of family has taken on a whole new meaning. I get all teary eyed about spending time together. (This of course doesn’t make me any less gangsta, does it?)

How to Have a Fat-Talk-Free Holiday Season – Thick Dumpling Skin

(2) Don’t forget what Holiday Family Dinners are really all about: When you think of the true meaning of your holiday get togethers, they’re really about love, family, friends, and gratitude, right? I mean, what happened to the “Thanks” part of Thanksgiving? If we can focus on what we have—our strengths, our assets, and our support system—instead of what we lack, our Holiday dinners will surely be more enjoyable…and something to fondly look forward to and remember.

Thick Dumpling Skin is a great blog/community focusing on body image issues in the Asian American community.

Has Asian American Studies Failed? by Timothy Yu

We can’t expect every college graduate to have taken a course in Asian American studies. But would it be so much to ask that some of the basic insights of the field–its rewriting of the historical record on Japanese American internment, its assertion that Asian Americans are not simply foreigners or aliens, but have an experience and history of their own–be more common knowledge? Why don’t we see Asian American scholars being quoted in the media or publishing books that reach a wide audience?

What’s in a (Middle) Name? Try Everything

Officially, my parents named me “Jeniffer Wang.” A nurse took it upon herself to change the spelling to “Jennifer” before my birth certificate was printed, believing, I imagine, that my immigrant parents didn’t know any better. Maybe they did and maybe they didn’t.

Asian, Gay and Proud interview with Leow Yangfa

Leow Yangfa is a social worker and trainer in Singapore. Having lost a gay friend through suicide, he went on to create a website and collected real-life stories for an ebook called “I Will Survive: Personal gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender stories in Singapore”.

I wrote about both Asian, Gay and Proud and I Will Survive earlier this month in my post on queer stories from Asia and the diaspora.

Agenda semanal de actividades relacionadas al Japón en Argentina – There are a number of events in Buenos Aires this week organized by the nikkei (Japanese) community there. Many of the events are held in the Japanese Garden (Jardín Japonés) in Palermo.

5 Foods You Will Be Eating in 2012bánh mì, yuzu, “non-instant ramen” and dim sum are four out of the five. I guess Asians are ahead of the curve?

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