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This may sound like the Nine Months sequel gone terribly wrong, but it’s actually true — actor Hugh Grant is father to a brand-new baby girl after having “a fleeting affair” with Chinese actress Tinglan Hong. [NYDN]
Sure, the jokes on CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls may be racist, but isn’t it more offensive that they just kinda blow? [Crushable]
How do you say “I don’t actually speak much Mandarin at all but I’m hoping you’ll vote for me for President anyway?” in Mandarin? If you do, could you let Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman know? Thanks! [Slate]
The Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor, was awarded to thousands of Japanese-American World War II veterans on Wednesday. The 442nd Regimental Combat Team, one of the three units honored, was the most decorated unit in U.S. military history. [Politico]
The investigation into the death of Army Pvt. Danny Chen, who was 19 years old and from the Chinatown neighborhood in Manhattan, has uncovered evidence of physical abuse and bullying (including ethnic slurs) from superiors. [NYT]
And he wasn’t alone. Turns out that Asian Americans are the most bullied in US schools, according to a survey conducted by the US Justice Department and the Department of Education. [AP]
One month and a day after an earthquake and tsunami devastated northeastern Japan, and even as the nuclear threat level at the Fukushima Daiichi plant was raised to the highest level, baseball season got underway in the beleaguered country Tuesday.
While one team, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, who are based in hard-hit Sendai, won’t return to their home stadium until the end of this month, and teams shift games to daytime and try to drum up enough diesel generators for later in the season to minimize the use of electricity, Nippon Professional Baseball is carrying on for the fans and the country. The AFP reports:
“At a time of national crisis, the role that sports can play is far from small,” the mass-circulation newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun said in an editorial, recalling the terror attacks in the United States of September 11, 2001.
US major leagues resumed play six days after the tragedy, with New York Mets Continue reading In Spite Of Everything, Baseball Season Begins In Japan
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Congressional Gold Medal Awarded to Nisei WWII Veteran Badasses for WWII Badassery. [The White House Blog]
What’s more disturbing: Crazypants Senate hopeful (and Teabagger) Christine O’Donnell claiming in ’06 that she witnessed classified info about China’s plans to take over the U.S., or former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie sorta-kinda-maybe saying that she could be onto something? [The Atlantic, The Washington Post]
Margaret Cho got sent home on this week’s episode of “Dancing With The Stars” after samba-ing her heart out (and her ass off) with partner Louis Van Amstel. NOOOOOOOOO! [ABC]
Filed under: 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Christine Sato-Yamazaki, Congressional Gold Medal, Dancing With the Stars, DWTS, Grant Ichikawa, Jimmie Kanaya, Margaret Cho, National Veterans Network, Nisei, Osamu “Sam” Fujikawa, S. Floyd Mori, S.1055, Terry Shima, The 100th Infantry Battalion, World War II, WWII, Yeiichi “Kelly” Kuwayama
Hails from: The Central Valley, CA
Occupation: Organic peach farmer and author
Known for: In the culinary world, Masumoto peaches are synonymous with the best. The heirloom variety Masumoto Elberta peach, in particular, is prized by chefs, but it’s so delicate, it can’t travel to market. Devotees of the Masumoto Elberta must, instead, adopt a tree for a year and harvest it themselves, usually in late July to early August.
But the history behind these peaches–and the nectarines and grapes the Masumoto Family Farm produces just south of Fresno–is as extraordinary as the fruit itself. The Masumotos first arrived in California in 1898 and have been farming the Central Valley for over a hundred years. Patriarch David “Mas” Masumoto is not only a 3rd-generation farmer but the author of eight books that weave together stories of food, farming, family, and Japanese-Americans (the Masumotos were interned during WWII). Masumoto’s latest, Wisdom of the Last Farmer: Harvesting Legacies from the Land, debuts this month.
Do you dare eat a peach? If it’s a Masumoto, the answer’s yes. Tom Colicchio’s Craft restaurant in Los Angeles is currently offering an all-Masumoto Elberta tasting menu–it’ll set you back $100–through early September.