Virtual Pop Goes the Culture: The History of Asians in American Pop Culture
Gil Asakawa is a journalist, editor, author and blogger who covers Japan, Japanese American, Asian American and Pacific Islander cultural and social justice issues, with a blog, The Nikkei View. He’s a nationally-known speaker, panelist and expert on Japanese American history and Asian American identity. Having written for publications including Rolling Stone and Newsweek Japan, he has authored books including The Toy Book (a history of baby boomer toys, Knopf, 1991) and Being Japanese American (a history of Japanese in the U.S., Stone Bridge Press, 2014) and has been a consultant for organizations focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion within their institutions. Because of his extensive and pioneering work he has received the “Voice Award” from the Asian American Journalist Association (AAJA). His latest book Tabemasho! Let’s Eat!, a history of Japanese food in America will be published by Stone Bridge Press this fall.
This program is in partnership with the Ashland Public Library, Cary Memorial Library, Maynard Public Library, Morrill Memorial Library, Somerville Public Library, and Wayland Free Public Library.
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