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Okinawa vs. the US Military: A Big Controversy on a Small Island

Thomas Joel - Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Japan and the United States are two nations with a longstanding military alliance. No country hosts more US troops than Japan, and nowhere in Japan are there more US bases than on the island of Okinawa. Naturally, this has caused more than a little friction between the people of Okinawa and the US and Japanese governments. Read More


Keeping Kyoto Timeless: Restoring and Preserving Kyoto’s Traditional Machiya

Thomas Joel - Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Japan’s ancient imperial city and former capital, Kyoto captures the country’s rich cultural history and abounds with relics and monuments of Japan’s long and storied past.  Read More


Gil Asakawa reviews "The Little Exile"

Thomas Joel - Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Gil Asakawa, SBP author of Being Japanese American, wrote an insightful review of Jeanette Arakawa's new memoir, The Little Exilethanks Gil! 
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​Sequestered to the Edge of the World: Dehumanization in the Japanese Internment Camps

Thomas Joel - Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Detained throughout ten isolated “relocation centers”—a political euphemism for concentration camps—Japanese Americans were crowded into rickety wooden barracks amidst bleak deserts and inhospitable swamplands that offered little shelter from the harsh climates: the sweltering sun and frigid nights, the oppressive Arkansas humidity and turbulent Southwestern dust storms. Read More


The Mercury News interviews "The Little Exile" author Jeanette Arakawa

Thomas Joel - Friday, July 21, 2017

In this Mercury News article, Jeanette Arakawa, author of The Little Exile, talks about her childhood experiences: being stigmatized after Pearl Harbor, the subsequent loss of her family's home and business, her time inside a Japanese American internment camp during WWII, and the impact this experience had on the rest of her life. Read More


Photos of "The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga"

Thomas Joel - Friday, July 14, 2017

The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga premiered in Palo Alto a couple days ago! The musical will play through August, so get your tickets before it's too late: http://ow.ly/Wdvh30cxrcw  Read More


Announcing Fall 2017 Books

Michael Palmer - Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Dear friends: We are happy to announce our forthcoming titles for Fall of 2017. Read More


​Kids' Book Buzz review of "Barbarians and the Birth of Chinese Identity"

Thomas Joel - Friday, July 07, 2017

Kids' Book Buzz reviewed the third volume in our Understanding China Through Comics series, Barbarians and the Birth of Chinese Identity: The Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms to the Yuan Dynasty (907–1368), giving it 5 out of 5 stars! 
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Memories of the Siege of Changchun: A “Forgotten” Travesty in Chinese History

Thomas Joel - Friday, July 07, 2017
"The evening sun in Changchun was beautiful. A flaming, almost transparent red.
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​Happy Tanabata: Festival of the Stars

Thomas Joel - Friday, July 07, 2017

Happy Tanabata everyone! Read More


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