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In 1975, Grace Brophy did a favor for friends and gave a San Diego elementary school class a quick lesson in Japanese culture. That favor has since turned into an annual countywide event. Brophy is a member of the San Diego chapter of Ikebana International, a nonprofit cultural organization based in Tokyo that promotes the study of Japanese floral art. Its motto is "Friendship Through Flowers."
August 18, 1996
Atlanta had the Olympics. Next month, what Japanese officials are calling the largest Japanese cultural festival ever planned in the United States will get under way in Texas. Sept. 4 is the kickoff date for Sun & Star 1996, a 100-day celebration of Japanese culture in Dallas and Fort Worth.
May 13, 2003 | From Associated Press
The AFLAC duck is going to Japan this month with a softer quack. In commercials designed for the Japanese market, AFLAC has ditched comedian Gilbert Gottfried's abrasive quacking of the Columbus, Ga.-based insurance company's name. Instead, a Japanese actor portrays the duck with a more soothing tone. "The Japanese culture does not like to be yelled at," AFLAC spokeswoman Laura Kane said. "Gilbert might be a little over the top." Gottfried's voice will remain in U.S.
October 13, 2002 | RENEE VOGEL
I went to Japan for the first time. I went with my brother Piet and Billy Shire, who owns the Wacko store in L.A. I wanted to see the two sides of Japan that interest me. The frenetic pop culture side [is] what we did in Tokyo. Shibuya is where all the kids go to be hip and hang out. It's like Melrose Avenue but kicked up. I loved it. We went to Kyoto. That was the other side of Japanese culture, the ancient imperial state of Japan. Our host was a Japanese pop star.
August 11, 1988 | DAVID M. TAMASHIRO, David M. Tamashiro, a Sansei (third-generation Japanese-American), is a writer in Pasadena
Now that President Reagan has signed the redress bill and after the details of reparations are worked out, Japanese-Americans will lose the unifying issue of their own Holocaust. The passive response to this loss is to take full citizenship for granted. The haunting ghosts of Manzanar will be swept away to make room for yuppie dreams. Descendants of the internees will retire from the politics of redress in order to pursue the politics of privilege.
June 24, 1990 | ALEX RAKSIN
It's difficult to find two cultures more dramatically different than America and Japan. While Americans in pursuit of the Dream will blithely slacken ties to extended family, the Japanese are preoccupied with winning respect within the family. While Americans celebrate promotions as symbols of money, prestige and freedom, the Japanese at least seem to accept them somberly, as burdens to be fulfilled.
February 8, 1998 | MIKE KUPPER
In an area as diverse as Southern California, cultural differences are pretty much taken in stride. With a little searching, you can find the ethnic food of your choice, or anyone else's. Some stores brag about how many languages are spoken within. Chinatown, Koreatown, Little Tokyo--the Asian experience is only blocks away. Still, a stroll through Little Tokyo is hardly preparation for Japanese culture as lived in Japan, especially for those who have been immersed in "the American way."
March 3, 2002 | JANET WISCOMBE
Ask the new CEO of Little Tokyo's Japanese American Cultural & Community Center about cultural fragmentation, and Cora Mirikitani becomes intense, concerned. Bring up the relationship between art and society, and hear her passion roar. For 25 years, the 51-year-old arts administrator has held posts such as developer of cultural programs in Philadelphia and as director of performing arts and film at the Japan Society in New York.
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